Disney+ has officially Green-lit a series order for its upcoming female-led Doogie Howser reboot, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.
The series will reportedly be set in modern day Hawaii and centered on a 16-year old, half-asian, half-causcasian female, girl who is juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager. She will be accompanied by her spit-fire Irish mother who’s also her supervisor at the hospital, and her Hawaiian “Local Boy” father struggling to accept that his daughter is no longer his little girl.
Casting on the series is underway. The series comes from writer Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off The Boat). Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar (Jumanji: The Next Level) will executive produce alongside Dayna and Jesse Bochco (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Dayna and Jesse are the wife and son of Doogie Howser co-creator, Steve Boncho.
Production on the ten episode comedy series is set to begin later this year in hopes for a Summer 2021 release on Disney+.
“Thirty years ago, a young medical prodigy took the world by storm and left a lasting impact on pop culture,” said Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing at Disney+. “Kourtney and the team at 20th Television have created a very modern take on this beloved property which will resonate with our global Disney+ audience. We can’t wait to introduce the world to the new Doogie!”
“Doogie, Howser MD is beloved by everyone at our studio, so we knew that if we were going to reinvent it for a new generation, we had to have both the blessing and participation of the Bochcos and a creator with a fresh, new take that made us lean in,” added Carolyn Cassidy, president of 20th Television. “Kourtney’s vision for the character is so inspired, we’ve been dying to collaborate with Melvin and Jake again, and Disney+ is exactly the right home for this idea. We couldn’t be more excited.”
20th Century Television will also produce. Disney is rebooting multiple properties into series with 20th Century Television, as they are in various stages of production on reboot series of The Mighty Ducks, with Emilio Estevez returning as Coach Gordon Bombay and Turner and Hooch, starring Josh Peck of Drake and Josh fame.
Doogie Howser, M.D. premiered in 1989 on ABC and ran through 1993. The show starred Neil Patrick Harris as the titular character and followed a teenaged genius who deals with the usual problems of growing up: having a girlfriend, going to parties, hanging out with his best friend, all of this on top of being a licensed physician in a difficult residency program.