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“The Brave,” a drama about elite military undercover operatives and Defense Intelligence Agency analysts, premieres at 10 p.m. Monday evening on NBC, opposite the debut of the medical drama “The Good Doctor” on ABC.

Creator Dean Georgaris said he got the idea for “The Brave” from his interest “in resiliency as a characteristic of human beings,” being a fan of special forces troops and his desire to see them “portrayed in a way that I felt was realistic.”

“When I would interview them, they would always say the same thing to me — what makes us special isn’t our skill set,” said Georgaris, who wrote the screenplay for the 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

“What makes us special isn’t necessarily natural abilities. What makes us special is our minds. What makes us special is the way we deal with problems as they arise. That just got me really excited as a storyteller. That’s something I can relate to. That’s something I think all of us can relate to.”

“The Brave,” one of three military-themed series set to premiere this fall, stars Mike Vogel as Capt. Adam Dalton, who heads a Special Operations squad that includes an intelligence officer (Hadi Tabbal) who is a practicing Muslim. The cast also includes Anne Heche as the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency who oversees a team of analysts.

“The Brave” gives viewers the opportunity to “see people in roles that they might not have seen on other shows,” executive producer Matt Corman told City News Service.

“I have not seen this approach where you have a team with a Muslim, a nonpracticing Muslim, an African-American, several women,” Corman said.

The show’s technical adviser, Mikal Vega, served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years, including as a SEAL. He trains actors, including conducting a mini “boot camp” and reviews scripts to make certain the terminology is correct, Corman said.

“The Good Doctor” stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who relocates from a rural area to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. It is based on a Korean series. The premiere episode was written by David Shore, creator of the 2004-12 Fox medical drama “House.”

“The characters couldn’t be more different, yet they’re asking many of the same questions,” Shore said last month during ABC’s portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

“Dr. House, whom I loved, was asking it somewhat from a cynical and a challenging point of view.  Dr. Murphy, whom I also love, is asking it from an innocent point of view, a nonjudgmental point of view.”

The series’ executive producers also includes Daniel Dae Kim, who recently left the cast of the CBS police drama “Hawaii Five-0.”

Kim saw the Korean version of “The Good Doctor” and said he “loved the message of it.”

“The primary thing that made me really want to pursue this show and bring it to American audiences is the fact that the character of Shaun … is someone who was born with a set of obstacles,” Kim said.

“The obstacles were not put in his own way by his own choices. In so many dramas that we see today, we see people getting in their own way. But Shaun is not one of those people. Shaun is trying to overcome his obstacles and overcome his challenges in a way that I could wholeheartedly root for.”

Highmore, who played Norman Bates in the A&E’s horror drama “Bates Motel,” which ended its five-season run in April,  said he was attracted to “The Good Doctor” by Shore’s pilot script.

“David’s writing is wonderful,” Highmore said. “There’s a subtleness to it, a lightness to it. But, at the same time, it manages to delve into those deeper issues without being melodramatic. It’s never sort of forced and over the top.”

—City News Service

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