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The Good Doctor Season 6 Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

The ABC medical drama "The Good Doctor" has been a staple on the cable channel for five seasons now. Executive produced by "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O" performer Daniel Dae Kim, the series follows the staff of the St. Bonaventure Hospital in San Jose, California. David Shore, who was previously behind the medical drama "House," serves as the showrunner on "The Good Doctor."

The series' fifth season ended on a number of ups and downs, with the most joyous moment being Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) finally getting married to Lea Dilallo (Paige Spara) on the hospital rooftop with their friends in attendance. However, while re-entering the hospital to refresh supplies for the celebration, Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) finds Nurse Villanueva (Elfina Luk) stabbed and bleeding out. Nurse Villanueva warns Dr. Lim that she was stabbed by her abusive ex-boyfriend, but before Dr. Lim can react, she is stabbed twice, leaving her life in peril with her friends nearby, seemingly oblivious to her condition.

A sixth season renewal for the show was announced prior to the fifth season finale, with producer Liz Friedman joining David Shore to become co-showrunner (per Deadline). Here's what we know about "The Good Doctor" Season 6 so far.

When is the release date of The Good Doctor Season 6?

In mid-June, ABC revealed "The Good Doctor" will make its Season 6 premiere at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, October 3 (per TVLine). The network had previously announced that the sixth season would have 22 episodes — a marked difference from previous seasons, which have typically had either 18 or 20 episodes (via TVLine). The sixth season will also see the show pass the 100-episode milestone.

The release date also follows closely to previous season premiere windows, all of which have occurred in late September. The exception to this pattern is  Season 4, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and premiered in early November 2020. This also means Season 6 is likely to follow the broadcast schedule that previous seasons have followed. Viewers can expect new episodes until late November or early December before the show goes on hiatus for the winter holidays, returning in mid-January 2023 for a nearly uninterrupted run, leading to the season finale airing which will likely air near the end of May.

However, Season 5 saw ABC give "The Good Doctor" an extended winter hiatus as ABC instead premiered the family drama "Promised Land" in late January, in the same timeslot as "The Good Doctor" (per Express). The medical drama eventually returned when ABC shifted "Promised Land" to Hulu in the middle of its first season, but it's also likely that ABC may try the same strategy for a new midseason series in the 2022-2023 season.

Who is in the cast of The Good Doctor Season 6?

Many members of the main cast of "The Good Doctor" are expected to return for Season 6. This includes Freddie Highmore as the show's main character, Dr. Shaun Murphy, as well as Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Will Yun Lee as  Dr. Alex Park, and Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo. Following the nail-biting Season 5 finale, it was unclear if Christina Chang, who plays Dr. Audrey Lim, and Fiona Gubelmann, who plays Dr. Morgan Reznick, would return for Season 6. Showrunner David Shore, however, has confirmed in an interview with TVLine immediately after the finale aired that both characters will be returning, which means that Chang and Gubelmann will be seen in the cast during Season 6 as well.

The medical drama will also add two new cast members: Brandon Larracuente and Savannah Welch, according to Deadline. Larracuente, who appeared in a guest turn on Season 4 of fellow ABC series "The Rookie" (per IMDb), will play Daniel, one member of a new class of interns who is both enigmatic yet displays a preference for flying solo. Daniel will no doubt ruffle feathers due to his unusual medical opinions. Welch, who is best known for playing Barbara Gordon on the HBO Max superhero series "Titans," will play Danica, another member of the fresh intern class. Danica is, according to Deadline's reporting, a graduate of the Naval Academy Annapolis. While she prefers to be as fair as possible in the line of duty, she's not afraid to break the rules for the greater good.

What is the plot of The Good Doctor Season 6?

In a post-Season 5 finale interview with TVLine, showrunner David Shore spoke about what fans can expect in Season 6, saying that the immediate focus of the initial episodes will be on the aftermath of Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang) getting stabbed twice by Owen (David Cubitt). Shore also confirmed that Dr. Lim is not going to die from the attack, but is not going to recover easily either. As he put it: "We don't do anything that's not meaningful. As writers, we want to make sure that each story is significant. That's not saying that we're going to lose her. We love her. But there are challenges up ahead." He also added that giving Dr. Lim a physical challenge to overcome was an interesting way to explore the character, given the strength of character she has displayed in the face of other challenges over the course of "The Good Doctor."

Shore also spoke about the job offer Dr. Morgan Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) received, which would entail her moving to New York, jeopardizing her relationship with Dr. Park (Will Yun Lee). While Shore said that Dr. Reznick is not leaving the show, the new season will explore the issues in the relationship between the two doctors.

"The Good Doctor" showrunner also added that there will be a time jump early on in the season, to get to when Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Dr. Park become Surgical Attendings, rather than Senior Residents. The show will delve into the challenges Dr. Murphy faces, and how he shoulders the responsibility of his new role. One place Shore assured there wouldn't be any trouble is Dr. Murphy's marriage to Lea Dilallo (Paige Spara), saying that there would be "nothing but wedded bliss" for them.