Freddie Highmore’s series will resume broadcasts next year after the writers’ strike
The Good Doctor faces a new season full of problems. The delay caused by the strike of actors and scriptwriters is compounded by the departure of one of its protagonists. Dr. Marcus Andrews will stop operating at St. Bonaventure. The actor who plays him, Hill Harper, has decided to dedicate himself to politics and from now on will focus on campaigning to become a United States senator in the state of Michigan.
“My name is Hill Harper. I am a union member in good standing and I am running for Senate to fight for workers, not shareholders. This is a people-powered movement, so we don’t have corporations on our side,” he announces in his official Twitter account.
This drastic change in pure Schwarzenegger style makes sense, since the actor graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992 before launching his career as a performer. Previously, he had graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with degrees in Economics and Sociology. In fact, during his time at Harvard he became friends with Barack Obama, with whom he played basketball.
A good opportunity to promote season 7 of ‘The Good Doctor’
It’s a big loss for the medical drama, as Harper was one of the original cast members alongside Freddie Highmore and Richard Schiff, among others. His character, Dr. Andrews, has undergone one of the biggest transformations of the cast, going from being a selfish vice president with very little empathy to losing all his power and becoming, once again, a surgeon. This fall in his position made him see things differently and he approached his team.
His departure, however, may be good news for the ABC series. season 6 of The Good Doctor It provoked some complaints from viewers who believed that the series had abandoned its more elaborate tone to embrace its more ‘soap opera’ side. Andrews, despite his evolution, was still one of the least beloved characters, so saying goodbye to him could be a golden opportunity to introduce a member who plays a lot in fiction.