Doogie Howser is officially making a comeback in the form of a gender-swapped reboot. Disney+ has announced that the show has been picked up to series and will be released on the streaming service in 2021. Going under the working title Doogie Kealoha, M.D., this is billed as a re-imagining of the original ABC series that starred Neil Patrick Harris.
Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat, How I Met Your Mother) is set to write and executive produce the series for Disney's 20th Television. While no firm date has been revealed Disney says the show will go into production later this year. It had previously been revealed that a reboot of the series was in development but the studio has now at least committed to a full season, which will consist of ten episodes. Ricky Strauss, president, Content and Marketing, Disney+, had this to say about it.
"Thirty years ago, a young medical prodigy took the world by storm and left a lasting impact on pop culture. 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 Kameāloha, M.D. follows Lahela "Doogie" Kameāloha. She is a mixed-race, 16-year-old girl who is juggling an emerging career in the medical field, as well as life as a teenager. Guiding Lahela along the way is her family, which includes her firey Irish mother, who also happens to be her supervisor at the hospital, and her Hawaiian father who is struggling to accept that his daughter is no longer his little girl. , Carolyn Cassidy, president of 20th Television, had this to say.
"Doogie Howser, M.D. 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. 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."
This is one of the many properties that Disney inherited as part of its massive, multi-billion dollar deal to acquire most of Fox's media assets last year. As we've seen, the company intends to reboot many Fox franchises to help gain an edge in the streaming game. Turner & Hooch is also being rebooted as a series, with Zac Efron set to headline a remake of Three Men and a Baby for Disney+ as well, for example. A Home Alone reboot is additionally in development.
The original Doogie Howser M.D. ran for four seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1993. The series was a big hit and launched the career of Neil Patrick Harris, who starred in the lead role. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news was previously reported by Deadline.