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Another day, another set of trailers from the upfronts presentations that networks are giving over in Hollywood. This time, it’s ABC coming out of the gate with trailers for all of their shows debuting this fall, as well as the midseason.

There are seven new dramas, including a Lost-style mystery sci-fi series called The Crossing with Steve Zahn and a potentially compelling medical drama called The Good Doctor starring Freddie Highmore. And ABC also has four comedies, including a new show called Alex, Inc. produced by and starring Zach Braff, the revival of Roseanne, and the return of The Office star Jenna Fischer to television in Splitting Up Together.

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Orlando Bloom‘s most memorable roles tend to be dashing fantasy hero types, a la Lord of the Rings‘ Legolas or Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Will Turner, but Lance Daly‘s indie thriller The Good Doctor will see him heading toward the dark side, and in realistic, contemporary garb, no less.

Bloom plays Martin Blake, a bright, ambitious young doctor whose just can’t seem to get over a deep-seated sense of insecurity. When a flirty teenage patient (Riley Keough) gives him the ego boost he so desperately wants, he purposely keeps her ill so that she can’t leave his side. Taraji P. Henson, J.K. Simmons, Michael Peña, Rob Morrow, and Troy Garity also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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While Hollywood held its breath in anticipation of this morning’s Oscar nominations, a few new casting notes slipped out, mostly for upcoming indies. For example, Orlando Bloom will take the lead role in The Good Doctor, which he’ll produce as well. Written by John Enbom, the film is about “a frustrated doctor looking to impress his superiors and colleagues. When his 18-year-old patient, admitted for a kidney infection, provides him with the esteem he so craves, the doctor tampers with her treatment so that she’ll have to stay at the hospital with him.”

Co-starring with Bloom may be an excellent cast: Michael Pena, Troy Garity, Courtney Ford, Taraji P. Henson, Rob Morrow and J.K. Simmons are all negotiating roles. [THR]

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