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Thanks to certain tax breaks and amazing production crews, there’s been a huge filming increase in Hollywood North over the past few years. These days we can boast that Star Trek Discovery, The Handmaid’s Tale, and pretty much all of the DC Comics series are shot in the Great White North, a statement that always makes our hearts happy. Because, go Canada, right?

Another prestige series that films in Canada? The Good Doctor. For the past two years the Freddie Highmore-starring medical drama has called Vancouver sound stages home, something that will continue when the show resumes production on its third season in a few months.

As it turns out, spending so much time in Canada has allowed one of the show’s stars, Hill Harper, to really appreciate the country’s growing love of basketball—and in particular, the Raptors.

“I’m really happy that the Raptors are playing in the finals because I think it expands the international nature of the game,” Harper said Thursday while in Toronto for the CTV Upfront. “And I think that’s good for the NBA. It’s good for the game of basketball. Basketball is the fastest-growing sport and will eventually be the biggest sport in the world. The fact that the championship is international for the first time is a huge, huge and beautiful thing.”

So does that mean the Dr. Marcus Andrews portrayer is in full support of a Raps victory? Not necessarily. While he’s all on-board for the best team winning in a best-of-seven match, he happens to be personally invested in the Golden State Warriors. Not only did he go to high school in Northern California where he became a life-long fan, but he’s also friends with Steph Curry, a.k.a. the man who’s basically carrying the Warriors right now with all of the major injuries the team has suffered.

“He’s never won the finals MVP and that’s like the one legacy piece that he hasn’t had in his career. He would obviously win it this year if the Warriors won,” Harper explains. “So, I’d like to see them win it for that.”

Huh. Well when he puts it that way, it makes all that distracting, potentially stress-alleviating mouthguard chewing make a little more sense. Heck, it even almost makes us want to root for the guy (and hence the Warriors) too. Almost.

The Raptors taking this thing home would be a much more historic story, please and thank you.

 

The Good Doctor returns to CTV this fall.