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Disney+ is developing a reboot of the former ABC dramedy Doogie Howser, M.D., that will feature a teenage girl at its center.
The new project has a working title of Doogie Kealoha, M.D., and comes from How I Met Your Mother and Fresh Off the Boat veteran Kourtney Kang. Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV, which produced the original series, is the studio behind the effort.
The Disney+ project’s lead character is a half-Asian, half-white 16-year-old girl with a genius-level intellect who has breezed through college and medical school and is now working as a doctor in Hawaii. The character’s background reflects that of Kang.
Doogie Howser, M.D., created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, ran from 1989-93 on ABC. Neil Patrick Harris — who would later work with Kang on How I Met Your Mother — played the title character. The cast also included James B. Sikking and Belinda Montgomery as Doogie’s parents and Max Casella, Lisa Dean Ryan and Lucy Boryer as his teenage friends.
Bochco’s widow, Dayna, and son Jesse are executive producers of the reboot along with Kang, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. Kasdan and Mar have an overall deal at 20th. Kang is repped by Hansen Jacobson.
Doogie Kealoha is one of a number of Disney+ projects that reach back into the company’s vast IP library. The streaming service already has debuted the Star Wars series The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and has projects based on Turner & Hooch and The Mighty Ducks in the works, along with a Beauty and the Beast prequel series and a revival of the animated show The Proud Family. A Lizzie McGuire update is on hold after series creator Terri Minsky departed the project.
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