ABC has announced plans to expand The Good Doctor universe by adding a legal branch that will materialize in a new series called The Good Lawyer.
According to sources, two characters from The Good Lawyer, Joni and Janet, will appear in Episode 613 of The Good Doctor to make the transition.
Written by Shore and Friedman, The Good Lawyer will focus on Joni, a 20-something lawyer who ends up defending Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddy Highmore), who is facing legal troubles.
Joni, a kind of Shaun, but one who “makes her rounds” in courtrooms, not operating rooms
Relatively new to the law firm, Joni, who is funny, eager, self-aware and a little anxious, is part of Shaun’s legal defense team, as mentioned above.
Despite having gone through law school and taken the bar exam, Joni’s OCD has a major impact on her personal and professional life.
Living with this illness, Joni has never wanted to be treated differently and is often embarrassed by her symptoms, but she doesn’t seem to have a choice.
Expanding The Good Doctor seems to be a target goal for ABC, which has done so for its other long-running dramas. Grey’s Anatomy and The Rookie are just two of the examples of serials that fit the pattern.
In an interview with Deadline last year, former Sony TV studio president Jeff Frost broached the subject of a series that would tie into The Good Doctor in some way.
“I think it’s always a possibility; it’s something we’d like to see happen in the future,” he said. “Obviously we don’t want to do anything that would affect the mothership, but at the same time we think there’s potential for that,” Frost concluded at the time.