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‘Doogie Howser’ Reboot With Female Lead in Development at Disney Plus – Variety



A reboot of “Doogie Howser, M.D.” is within the works at Disney Plus, Selection has realized from sources.

The brand new present will concentrate on a 16-year-old half-Asian, half-white feminine lead who works as a health care provider in Hawaii. The working title for the brand new present is “Doogie Kealoha, M.D.”

The reboot hails from author and govt producer Kourtney Kang. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar can even govt produce together with Dayna and Jesse Bochco. 20th Century Fox Tv will produce, with the studio additionally having produced the unique collection. Kang, Kasdan, and Mar are all below general offers on the studio.

Disney declined to remark.

The unique “Doogie Howser” starred Neil Patrick Harris within the title function. It ran on ABC for 4 seasons and 97 episodes between 1989 and 1993. Together with Steven Bochco, the collection was co-created by David E. Kelley. Neither Kelley nor Harris is connected to the reboot right now.

Kang, Kasdan, and Mar beforehand labored collectively on the ABC sitcom “Contemporary Off the Boat,” whereas Dayna and Jesse are the spouse and son of “Doogie Howser” co-creator Steven Bochco. Along with her work on “Contemporary Off the Boat,” on which she served as a author and co-executive producer, Kang can also be recognized for her time as an govt producer and author on the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mom.” She is repped by Hansen Jacobson.

This isn’t the primary time within the current previous for a Steven Bochco collection to get the reboot remedy. ABC gave a pilot manufacturing dedication for a reboot of “NYPD Blue” final pilot season, with Dayna and Jesse govt producing and Jesse connected to direct. The undertaking was a excessive precedence for ABC however in the end didn’t transfer ahead.

Disney Plus has been mining the vaults of studios now below Disney management for originals for a while now. One of many first unique scripted collection to debut on the service was “Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence,” based mostly on the Disney Channel movie franchise. Different reboots at present within the works on the streamer embrace a “Turner and Hooch” collection starring Josh Peck and a “Mighty Geese” sequel collection starring Lauren Graham. A “Lizzie McGuire” sequel collection was additionally within the works, however behind-the-scenes points have put that collection on maintain.

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