The Good Doctor ‘s New Surgeon Leaves ABC Medical Drama Deadline
Osvaldo Benavides, who was recently promoted to a series regular in ABC’s medical drama The good doctor, is leaving the show, sources have confirmed to Deadline.
Benavides, who plays Dr Mateo Rendón Osma, joined the series as a guest star in the two-part finale of Season 4 and was subsequently promoted to series regular at the start of Season 5.
In his first episode, Mateo de Benavides met the team from San José St. Bonaventure and assisted them in the surgical mission to Guatemala. He then formed a romantic relationship with the chief of surgery of Saint-Bonaventure, Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang). Mateo was hired as a new surgeon in St. Bonaventure at the start of Season 5, but due to ongoing legal issues he was under the supervision of Dr. Marcus Andrews (Hill Harper). His initial description of the character revealed that “some thoughtless actions during his residency will come back to haunt him and could complicate matters.”
An exit scenario is planned, but is being kept secret, according to sources.
The good doctor was developed by David Shore based on a Korean format. The series follows Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore, a young surgeon with Autism and Scientist Syndrome, who continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts in the St. Bonaventure Surgical Unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun enters the dating world for the first time and continues to work harder than ever, navigating his surroundings to prove to his colleagues that his skills as a surgeon will save lives.
Shore is the executive producer and showrunner. Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers. The series is a Sony Picture Television and ABC Signature co-production.
TVLine was the first to report the departure of Benavides.