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TV Watchers: 'The Good Doctor' star promotes World Autism Month

Morning Call - 4/2/2018

April 02--Freddie Highmore, the star of ABC's hit show "The Good Doctor," took to social media over the weekend to promote April as World Autism Month.

"April is World Autism Month, " says Highmore, who plays Dr. Shaun Murphy on 'The Good Doctor,' a show championed and executive-produced by Bethlehem'sDaniel Dae Kim. "Help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism."

Highmore plays a character who is autistic and and has savant syndrome, a rare condition in which a person with developmental disabilities (including, but not limited to autism) has spectacular areas of genius. Highmore's portrayal of an adult with autism has been praised by many in the autism community. Much of the national emphasis about autism awareness has been on children. "The Good Doctor" is rare in its portrayal of an adult with autism in the workplace.

Highmore appears in a video posted on Twitter through Autism Speaks, a nonprofit advocacy group that aims to increase awareness, resources and research for autism spectrum disorders. Monday is also World Autism Awareness Day, where people are encouraged to wear blue to show their support.

Executive producer Kim, a graduate of Bethlehem'sFreedom High School, bought the rights to the Korean series "Good Doctor" and pitched it for an American series. Kim, who starred in TV series "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O," is a leading advocate for more diverse characters on TV shows and movies.

"The Good Doctor" was renewed recently for a second season. The Good Doctor" was the biggest freshman hit of the 2017-2018 TV season, according to Variety. "The Good Doctor" came out of the gate so strongly, ABC picked it up for a full first season after only two episodes. It's the second-highest rated show on ABC, behind "Grey's Anatomy."

You can catch up with "The Good Doctor" on Hulu.




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