EXCLUSIVE: Disney + has placed a 10-episode series order on the comedy Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. (working title), a retelling of the popular 1989 ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D .. The project (fka Doogie Kealoha, M.D.), which restarts the half-hour medical dramedy starring Neil Patrick Harris with a female lead, comes from how I Met Your Mother is Just got off the boat alumna Kourtney Kang and 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios.
Written by Kang and set in modern day Hawaii, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. follows Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, a 16-year-old girl of mixed race, juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager. Leading Lahela (and also complicating matters) is her family, including her fire-breathing Irish mother who is also her supervisor at the hospital, and the Hawaiian ‘local boy’ father who struggles to accept that his daughter is no longer. his little girl.
The main character’s ethnicity reflects the background of Hawaii-born Kang, who previously leveraged her experiences growing up in a mixed-race family in a pilot comedy for NBC. Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., which has been in development for Disney + since early 2020, is expected to go into production later this year for a 2021 premiere on the streamer. I’ve heard casting is underway for the lead and other lead roles, with plans to shoot the show in Hawaii.
“Thirty years ago, a young medical prodigy took the world by storm and left a lasting impact on pop culture,” said Ricky Strauss, president, Content and Marketing, Disney +. “Kourtney and the 20th Television team have created a very modern version of this beloved property that will resonate with our global Disney + audience. We can’t wait to introduce the new Doogie to the world! “
The original series, which featured Harris as a teenage doctor balancing the challenge of practicing medicine with the everyday problems of teenage life, was created by two of the best television showrunners of the past three decades, the late Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley. , and produced by Steven Bochco Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV’s predecessor.
Bochco’s widow, Dayna Bochco, and son, Jesse Bochco, are the producers of the reboot, produced by Kang, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. 20th Television, where Kang, Kasdan and his production partner Mar are general agreements, is I study.
“Doogie, Howser MD is loved by everyone in our studio, so we knew that if we were going to reinvent it for a new generation, we would have to have both the blessing and participation of the Bochco and a creator with a new version that got us tilted, “said Carolyn Cassidy , president, 20th Television. “Kourtney’s vision for the character is so inspired that we were looking forward to partnering with Melvin and Jake again and Disney + is exactly the right home for this idea. We couldn’t be more excited. “
Running for four seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1993, Doogie Howser, M.D. catapulted Harris into television stardom and made the term “Doogie Howser” synonymous with baby genes.
Kang served as co-executive producer on ABC / 20th TV Just got off the boat, produced by Kasdan and Mar. Before that, Kang was a leading writer and producer on CBS / 20th TV. ” How I Met Your Mother, who also played Harris. She was in the popular ensemble comedy for the entire nine-season series, going from writer to executive producer. Under his general agreement, Kang also has a drama The golden child in development at ABC.
The green light for Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. arrives as Disney TV Studios ” The Mighty Ducks the reboot of the series for Disney + has resumed production, with the studio group Turner & Hooch series for the streamer who is about to start shooting.