‘The Good Lawyer’: Kennedy McMann Cast as Lead in ‘The Good Doctor’ Spinoff

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With Nancy Drew wrapped on its final season, lead actress Kennedy McMann has been cast as the lead in another highly anticipated series, The Good Lawyer. Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) is set as a co-lead in the proposed spin-off of The Good Doctor, ABC’s popular medical procedural.

ABC ordered an embedded pilot episode titled “The Good Lawyer,” which guest stars McMann and Huffman to introduce their characters, and is set to air March 6. In the episode, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) seeks legal representation to help him win a case and puts his faith in a promising, young lawyer, Joni DeGroot (McMann) who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The brilliant, funny, and self-aware Joni is new to her prestigious law firm when she takes Shaun’s case. Living with OCD, Joni has never wanted to be treated differently. While her symptoms take a toll on her personal and professional life, her attention to detail allows her to see cases through a different lens. McMann herself has OCD and has been open with her diagnosis of the disorder making her a prime choice for the character.

Huffman’s Janet Stewart is a highly regarded attorney and partner at the law firm with a fierce intellect and dry wit. A seasoned lawyer, Janet represented Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) in several legal matters over the years, so he turns to her to represent his beloved protégé. But when Shaun declares that he wants Joni to represent him, Janet is forced to let Joni take lead on the case.

Be sure to catch the episode of The Good Doctor airing March 6 on ABC.

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By Brianna
Brianna works full time in the publishing industry, passionately building books to bring to the masses. Her first fandom was Harry Potter, which she joined at age 11. Her love for books took her abroad to earn her Masters Degree at University College London, after which she lived in New York City, and now resides in Austin. She loves all things fandom including Supernatural, Doctor Who, and more. Ever the introvert, she can usually be found reading, playing with her dog, listening to music and practicing yoga. Brianna joined the Nerds and Beyond staff in 2018 where she unites her love for all things "nerd" with her passion for writing. Find her on Twitter here: @bookbag09
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