Disney+ has announced that Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., a reimagined version of the popular ABC show Doogie Howser, M.D. has been picked up for a 10-episode series and will be going into production later this year. Kourtney Kang (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “How I Met Your Mother”) will be executive producing and writing the show for 20th Television.
This new show will be set in modern-day Hawaii. It will follow Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, a mixed-race 16-year-old girl, who finds herself balancing between being a teenager and also having a budding medical career. She will be helped along by her “spit-fire Irish mother” who also happens to be her supervisor at the hospital. Her Hawaiian “Local Boy” father will also be there for her as he also faces the reality that his little girl is growing up.
“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 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!”
The original Doogie Howser, M.D. ran on ABC from 1989 to 1993 and starred Neil Patrick Harris in the role of the now-iconic doctor. It catapulted Harris’ career and made the term “Doogie Howser” synonymous with kid geniuses.
“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,” commented Carolyn Cassidy, president, 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.”
Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. is written and executive produced by Kourtney Kang and produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar will executive produce and Dayna and Jesse Bochco will produce the half-hour comedy series.