ABC Fall Scoop: The Good Doctor, A Million Little Things Set New Series Regulars!

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ABC has unveiled some details about some of its returning dramas, and there's even some casting scoop!

Let's start with The Good Doctor, which was recently revealed to be the most-watched show in the world.

jasika nicole the good doctor

The medical drama has promoted Jasika Nicole to series regular. Nicole has been part of the cast in a recurring capacity since 2017 as Dr. Carly Lever. 

On The Good Doctor Season 2, however, Carly emerged as a love interest for Shaun (Freddie Highmore). 

Related: The Good Doctor Renewed at ABC

While it's good to have more Jasika Nicole, TV Line has confirmed that Tamlyn Tomita, who plays Allegra Aoki, will be a recurring player for The Good Doctor Season 3. 

ABC has also released the official logline for the new season. 

An Apple a Day - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17

"Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit," it reads. 

"As his friendships deepen, Shaun works harder than he ever has before as he starts dating, while navigating his environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his talents as a surgeon will save lives."

"The series is from David Shore (“House”), and “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star Daniel Dae Kim."

The series also stars Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, and Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo. 

Claire Helps Shaun - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 18

Over on A Million Little Things, Chance Hurstfield has been promoted to series regular ahead of Season 2. 

Hurstfield recurred on the show's first season. 

ABC has also unveiled the official logline for A Million Little Things Season 2. 

Related: A Million Little Things Renewed for Season 2

"Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things," reads the press release from the network.

"When our gang’s dear friend Jon – a man perfect on paper – took his own life, his family and friends were left to pick up the pieces. Each of these friends is not living the version of life they thought they’d be living. And their friend’s death forces them to take a look at the choices they’ve made and to solve the unanswerable mystery of a man they thought they knew." 

Happy Danny - A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 17

"Delilah, now the sole parent to Sophie and Danny, must help her children move forward from their father’s death, while hiding a huge secret of her own. Although she and Eddie are no longer having an affair, she is about to give birth to his baby, a living reminder of their transgressions. To protect their families, they have agreed to say the baby’s father is Jon, a situation made even more impossible when Eddie, trying to save his marriage, decides to tell his wife, Katherine, the truth."

"As the friends prepare to welcome Delilah’s baby into the world, Rome and Regina find themselves at odds. When they got married, they agreed they didn’t want kids, but after getting a second chance at life, Rome finds himself wishing he had a baby. And while marriage is about compromise, Regina’s not sure this is one she can or should make."

Sad Sophie - Tall - A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 17

"As for Maggie and Gary, after finding out that Maggie is in remission, she and Gary move in together, ready to finally explore what being together is like when neither of them is on chemo. But adjusting to life post-cancer is easier said than done. As Maggie and Gary navigate their new relationship, an unexpected visit from Maggie’s mother leaves them questioning everything."

Related: The Rookie Renewed at ABC

"Meanwhile, having watched Jon’s last video and learned that Mitch might not be his real father, Barbara Morgan’s son, PJ, goes on a quest to find the truth. Having befriended Rome and with an appointment with Maggie on the books, PJ is about to turn his life and our gang’s life upside down."

"We’ll see that family, like friendship, is a million little things."

Man of Mystery - Tall - A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 17

The series also stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Grace Park as Katherine Kim Saville, James Roday as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, and Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon. 

It returns for Season 2 Thursday, September 26 at 9/8c. 

As for The Rookie Season 2, there's this new logline:

"Six months into his career as a cop, John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD, has used his life experience, determination and sense of humor to keep up with rookies 20 years his junior," according to the official logline from ABC. 

Officer Bradford Is Quarantined - The Rookie Season 1 Episode 20

"But as he embarks on the second half of his rookie year, Nolan will be put to the test by a host of new challenges, romantic relationships and deadly criminals, as he looks to figure out what kind of cop he ultimately wants to be."

The Rookie stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin Jr. as Jackson West, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

The Rookie returns Sunday, September 29 at 10/9c.

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Grief is grief. It’s a hole that can’t be filled but over time it will shrink enough so that you won’t fall in every time you take a step. If there’s one thing you can use to make you a better cop, it will be her life, not her death.

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