Disney+ is developing a female-led Doogie Howser, M.D. reboot. How I Met Your Mother and Fresh Off the Boat writer Kourtney Kang is developing the new series for the streaming service. Disney has been going all out in the remakes and reboots department lately. The Mighty Ducks, Turner and Hooch, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids are all in various stages of development at the moment and will be coming to the small screen in the near future. This time, they're focusing on a modern series about the iconic child doctor, Douglas Howser albeit with a pretty big twist.
Kourtney Kang is developing the new reboot, which is tentatively titled Doogie Kealoha, M.D., with Steven Bochco's widow, Dayna Bochco, and son, Jesse Bochco, who will serve as executive producers on the reboot alongside Kang, Jake Kasdan, and Melvin Mar. Bochco and David E. Kelley were showrunners on ABC's original Doogie Howser M.D. series, which starred a young Neil Patrick Harris. The iconic series ran from 1989 until 1993, consisting of 97 total episodes across 4 seasons. The show was groundbreaking and was generally well-received by critics.
Doogie Kealoha, M.D. takes place in Hawaii and centers on "a 16-year old half Asian, half white girl who works as a doctor." It is believed that Kang, who is also from Hawaii, will be tapping into her own personal experiences for the reboot. For now, it is unclear how fans will react to the reboot without having Neil Patrick Harris on board, but the show will have ties to the actor since Kang is on board She previously wrote for How I Met Your Mother and later became an executive producer, which means we could end up seeing a cameo or two from Harris. If Disney was able to get Rick Moranis, they can more than likely get Harris on board for an episode or two.
Doogie Howser M.D. was centered on a teenage boy who was a doctor. Dr. Douglas "Doogie" Howser was inspired to become a doctor due to having survived early-stage pediatric leukemia twice. Howser possessed a genius intellect and an eidetic memory, which allowed him to finish medical school at the age of ten. From there, he became a licensed doctor at the age of fourteen, which is where the show took off. He may not have been able to buy beer, but he could legally prescribe drugs.
While Doogie Kealoha, M.D. is in development at Disney+, there is currently no release date set for the reboot. We'll have to wait and see what happens in terms of casting and production dates when the entertainment industry gets back to some form of normalcy. So far, there isn't a whole lot of information about the new show, though that should change in the coming months. Deadline was the first to report on the Disney+ reboot of Doogie Howser M.D.