Daniel Dae Kim to Adapt South Korean Series ‘Good Doctor’ for CBS

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Daniel Dae Kim to Adapt South Korean Series ‘Good Doctor’ for CBS

As of today, Asian music, mass media, television shows, books, comic books, music and popular culture have been recognized and have broken through Western and American markets. It is no surprise then, that television shows hailing from Asia are starting to head their way to America, years after Korean pop, Japanese pop, manga and anime shows hit the countries. According to Deadline, another Asian television series is making its way to CBS as it was reported that Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaiian Five-O”) will be adapting the South Korean drama “Good Doctor” for the network. Read on to learn more about the story.

The news was announced after Fox International Channels had acquired the rights of the Taiwanese television series “Tiger Mom”, which they would be distributing. 


According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR),  the “Good Doctor” is  a South Korean medical drama that tells the story of a brilliant young pediatric surgeon who suffers from savant syndrome.

The adaptation, according to Deadline, would have a similar premise, as it would center around a great doctor who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, who uses this in order to solve complex cases. The adaptation will be set in a teaching hospital based in Boston.

In an interview, Kim told THR that cross border and cross cultural projects like that are timely, especially as the West, and Americans are aware of Asian popular culture. He also mentioned that Korean dramas add a different factor to their performance. The various emotions and good content are all that are needed in order for it be successful. Kim believes that with good content, it will be easy for Korean dramas to be adapted into the American setting.

This is not the only project the “Hawaii Five-O” actor has planned. Kim also plans to adapt a memoir about Mike Kim, a man who helped North Koreans escape from North Korea.

The “Good Doctor” adaptation will be written by Malaysian-born Adele Lim, and will be executive produced by her and Kim. Kim’s production company, 3AD, and  EnterMedia Contents, an American production company will adapt the series in formats for the  United States and South Korea. CBS and CBS Television Studios will be the network that will produced the show, due to their first look deal with Kim and his production company.

And that’s the scoop on Daniel Dae Kim adapting the South Korean drama “Good Doctor” into a CBS television show. For more news and updates on “Good Doctor” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).


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