ABC introduced viewers to The Good Doctor’s spinoff, The Good Lawyer, with a backdoor pilot in March 2023 — but eight months later the show was canceled.
In January 2023, news broke that a backdoor pilot for the hit medical drama was in the works. According to the synopsis, Dr. Shaun Murphy’s (Freddie Highmore) crosses paths with young attorney Joni (Kennedy McMann) while looking for help with a case. Joni and Shaun develop an understanding because she can relate to him due to her obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The Good Lawyer marked McMann’s first TV role after starring in The CW’s Nancy Drew from 2019 to 2023. The pilot episode also introduced Joni’s boss, who is played by Felicity Huffman.
“THE DREAMIEST DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!” McMann captioned an Instagram post with the exciting show news in January 2023, noting that she felt a connection to her character due to her own OCD. “To be working on a project like this, to be a part of a representation of OCD in media that is genuine & true, is all I have ever wanted & more than I could have ever hoped for.”
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