Nancy Drew Star Kennedy McMann is set to star and be an Emmy winner Desperate Housewives Alumna Felicity Huffman as co-lead-in The good lawyerthe proposed legal spinoff of ABC’s popular medical drama The good doctorby Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signature.
ABC has officially ordered an embedded pilot episode of The good doctor titled the good lawyer in which McMann and Huffman will guest and introduce their characters. Airing March 6, the episode written by The good doctor Co-showrunner David Shore and Liz Friedman, directed by Ruben Fleischer, marks the first acting outing for Huffman since serving a short sentence of nearly three years for her role in the college admissions scandal.
In the episode “The Good Lawyer”, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) enlists legal counsel to help him win a case and trusts a promising young lawyer, Joni DeGroot (McMann), who suffers from OCD.
Brilliant, fun and confident, Joni is relatively new to her prestigious law firm when she takes on Shaun’s case. Joni lives with OCD and never wanted to be treated any differently. While her symptoms weigh on her personal and professional life, her attention to detail allows her to see cases through a different lens.
McMann, who has been open about her lifelong struggles with OCD, emerged as the top choice for the role in early September.
Huffman will guest-star as Janet Stewart, a highly regarded attorney and law firm partner with a fierce intellect and dry wit. As a seasoned veteran, Janet has Dr. Representing Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) on several legal matters over the years, he turns to her to represent his beloved protégé. But when Shaun states that he wants Joni to represent him, Janet is forced to let Joni take the case.
Joni and Stewart’s relationship is somewhat reminiscent of Sean and Glassman The good doctor.
Developed by Shore based on the Korean series, The good doctor ranks as ABC’s #1 entertainment series in terms of total viewers this season, tied The beginner. After 35 days of playback across linear and digital platforms, the series has attracted nearly 9.4 million total viewers this season. The good doctor skips its initial Live+Same Day rating in adults 18-49 by more than 6x and up +509% after 35 days of multiplatform viewing.
The good doctor Stars Highmore as Shaun, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Schiff as Glassman, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo, Bria Samone Henderson as Dr. Jordan Allen and Noah Galvin as Dr. Asher cloud.
Shore and Friedman are executive producers alongside Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, Thomas L. Moran, David Hoselton, Peter Blake, Jessica Grasl, Garrett Lerner, Mike Listo, Highmore, Shawn Williamson, David Kim and Sebastian Lee. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signature.
McMann plays the title role in the CW series Nancy Drew whose forthcoming fourth season will be his last.
Huffman has a long history at ABC. All three TV series she starred in were on ABC and all received critical acclaim: Comedy Night of Sportsdramedy Desperate Housewives and drama anthology American crime. The roles earned Huffman significant nominations; She won an Emmy for Desperate Housewives. Last season, Huffman was cast in the lead role in a Sacramento River Cats comedy that had a pilot production commitment with the network.