'The Good Doctor' Creator David Shore on Being True to the "Weaknesses and Strengths" of Autism | Drama Showrunner Roundtable

"It's important that I don't turn him into the magic person with autism," Shore told THR on the central character of the series.

The idea of representation was a central focus of The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Showrunner Roundtable for the 2018 Emmys season, with creators of The Chi, Power, The Looming Tower and The Handmaid's Tale centering their discussions on how they tell stories of race, ethnicity, religion and gender. David Shore, creator of The Good Doctor  — a hospital drama in which the central character has autism — explained his perspective on writing for Freddie Highmore's autistic character. 

Shore said having a main character with autism is "not something we see very much." He posed to the Roundtable, "How do I make him fully dimensionalized while being true to people with this condition or on this spectrum? While at the same time, he's representing that condition.

"It's important that I don't turn him into the magic person with autism," Shore continued. "It's important that I be true to his weaknesses and his strengths. It continues to be a challenge."

Shore has one career Emmy for outstanding writing in a drama series for House M.D. and an additional six nominations for outstanding drama series (House M.D., Law & Order).

The full Emmy Roundtables will air every Sunday on SundanceTV beginning June 24 and on THR.com the following Monday. The Drama Showrunner Roundtable starring Lena Waithe, Bruce Miller, Peter Morgan, Dan Futterman, David Shore and Courtney Kemp will air Sunday, July 15, on SundanceTV. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables featuring talent from the year’s top shows.

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