One of this year’s upcoming Disney+ Original series is a reboot of the classic ABC series “Doogie Howser MD”, called “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.”. This new drama series stars Andi Mack’s Peyton Elizabeth Lee, in the title role of Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, a mixed-race 16-year-old girl, juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager. Guiding Lahela (and also complicating things) is her family, including her spit-fire Irish mother called Dr. Clara Hannon, who’s also her supervisor at the hospital, and her Hawaiian “Local Boy” father called Benny, who is struggling to accept that his daughter is no longer his little girl.
Entertainment Weekly has released some images and details on the series, which is coming to Disney+ in September. New episodes will be released weekly and the series will consist of 10 episodes.
Peyton Elizabeth Lee shared some information about the upcoming series:
Every episode has the medical story line, and then it also has her personal story line. In some episodes you’ll see the line blur between her personal life and her professional life, but definitely in every episode you’ll see some sort of medical story and also a personal story.
She also explained what was the most difficult aspect of this role.
It’s always very important to me to try as much as I can to pull from real life experience and portray these events as authentically as I can, and so when there were scenes about me going into surgery or performing these procedures, I had no real-life experience to pull from or anything even close to the situations that Lahela was in, so I would say that was the biggest challenge. It was really important to me that when you watch the show you believe that she’s a doctor, you buy into this idea of a 16-year-old doctor and it not seeming ridiculous. We had a doctor on set anytime we were shooting hospital scenes, and I would just drill lines with him and go through the procedures with him and we would watch videos and he would show me how he did things and what these words even meant to really create the most authentic portrayal of what it would be like if there was a 16-year-old doctor.
Here are some new photos from the upcoming series:
The show was written and executive produced by Kourtney Kang and produced by 20th Television. Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar and Dayna and Jesse Bochco are executive producing the show.
Are you looking forward to “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D” arriving on Disney+?
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