Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim is taking a homeland spin on the red-hot medical drama genre. The South Korean-born star has partnered with the network, CBS, and studio, CBS TV Studios, behind Hawaii Five-0 for an adaptation of the South Korean drama series Good Doctor. Written by another member of the CBS TV Studios family with Asian roots, Malaysian-born Adele Lim, the untitled drama centers on how a brilliant doctor with Aspergers uses his special gift for solving complex cases at a Boston teaching hospital. The project stems from the first-look deal Kim inked with CBS TV Studios last fall for his then-newly launched company 3AD. Lim, who recently served as co-showrunner on CW’s Star-Crossed and has worked on Private Practice, One Tree Hill and Reign, will work on the project as part of her overall deal at CBS TV Studios. She and Kim executive produce, with 3AD producing in partnership with EnterMedia Contents, a US-based company for adapting formats in the US and South Korea founded by Sebastian Lee and David Kim. 3AD is led by Lindsay Goffman as Head of Development and Keo Lee as Development Executive. Good Doctor premiered last year on South Korea’s KBS. Here are two trailers for the series.
The Good Doctor adaptation joins a slew of high-profile medical dramas in the works at the broadcast networks. CBS has two with put pilot commitment, an untitled project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson at CBS; and Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, from Michael Seitzman and Marti Noxon. Fox has The Cure, from Malcolm Gladwell and Glenn Gordon Caron, also with a put pilot commitment, ABC has a drama from Amy Holden Jones with a significant penalty, and NBC has Critical, described as ER meets House, from Eva Longoria, John Glenn and Katie Lovejoy.
Kim, repped by APA Anonymous Content, Klevan/Longarzo, is in production on the fifth season of Hawaii Five-0. Lim and EnterMedia Contents are repped by WME. 3AD is with APA.