The Good Doctor is still going strong on ABC. The medical drama has been renewed for another season, but the ongoing writers and actors strike has led to a delay. The Good Doctor was set to premiere during the fall, but it has since been pushed back to 2024.
This has been standard practice for all scripted dramas on TV. Because there are no writers or actors to prepare new episodes, networks have no choice but to put a halt to production until unions have had their demands met and agree to resume work.
When is The Good Doctor season 7 coming out? (Release date predictions)
What we do know is that The Good Doctor will be back in 2024. What we don’t know is when. It was initially believed that the medical drama would return at the top of the year, which is to say, January, but the longer the strike goes on, the smaller the window gets to where a January date would even be possible.
Deadline recently ran a piece that acknowledged the time needed to script, shoot, and edit new episodes, and pointed out that unless significant strides are made in negotiations between the writers, actors and the studios, then we are looking at a premiere date closer to May than to January.
Watch One Chicago on fuboTV: Watch over 67 live sports and entertainment channels with a 7-day FREE trial!
This not only increases the amount of time fans will have to wait for new Good Doctor episodes, but it will decrease the number of episodes that will be released. The outlet suggests that a show returning in May would only be able to air 6-8, episodes, whereas a regular season consists of 20-23 episodes.
It’s unfortunate, but it makes sense, given that the production for a show like The Good Doctor would need to basically start from scratch. Hopefully things get remedied sooner rather than later, so that everyone can get back to doing what they love (and make a decent living doing so).
For the latest Chicago Med season 9 spoilers and news, plus more on the entire series, follow the Chicago Med category at One Chicago Center.