EXCLUSIVE: Episodes alumna Kathleen Rose Perkins is ready as a lead reverse Peyton Elizabeth Lee in Disney+’s upcoming comedy sequence Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., a Doogie Howser M.D. reboot from How I Met Your Mother and Fresh Off the Boat alumna Kourtney Kang and twentieth Television, part of Disney Television Studios.
Written by Kang and set in present-day Hawaii, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. reimagines the Neil Patrick Harris-starring half-hour medical dramedy with a feminine lead. It follows Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha (Lee), a 16-year-old mixed-race lady who juggles a budding medical profession and life as an adolescent. Guiding Lahela — and likewise complicating issues — is her household, together with her spitfire Irish mom Dr. Clara Hannon (Perkins), who’s additionally Chief of Staff on the hospital and Lahela’s supervisor, and her Hawaiian “Local Boy” father who struggles to just accept that his daughter is now not his little lady.
Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. goes for a double gender swap as a part of its female-empowerment theme. In Doogie Howser, created by the late Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, it’s Doogie’s father who’s a medical physician working on the identical hospital as his son; Doogie’s mom initially was a housewife.
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The function reunites Perkins and Kang, who labored collectively on ABC/twentieth TV’s Fresh Off the Boat. Perkins recurred as Mey-Mey from 2015-19, and Kang was a co-executive producer from 2015-17.
Bochco’s widow, Dayna Bochco, and son, Jesse Bochco, function govt producers for the reboot, together with Kang, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. twentieth Television is the studio.
Perkins is finest identified for her five-season run starring reverse Matt LeBlanc on Showtime’s comedy Episodes. She most not too long ago starred in Netflix’s coming-of-age sequence I Am Not Okay with This. She additionally recurs reverse John Stamos in Big Shot, the upcoming Disney+/ABC Signature sequence from Kelley. Perkins is repped by Gersh and Trademark Talent.