So why did I get teary-eyed while watching the new trailer for Disney+‘s Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. Maybe it’s because the show’s star Peyton Elizabeth Lee lights up the screen as the titular teenage genius or maybe it’s because it’s good seeing legend Jason Scott Lee getting the love he deserves or maybe it’s because it’s nostalgia and the fact that this is a hella Asian cast set in Hawaii. Maybe it’s the combo of all of the above.
The remake of the original series from the late ’80s/early ’90s is set to debut on September 8 on Disney+ with new episodes dropping every Wednesday. Just yesterday, producer Kourtney Kang said during the TCA panel that the show is “uplifting” and the trailer certainly showcases that.
Set in modern-day Hawai‘i, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. follows 16-year-old Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha as she juggles a budding medical career and life as a surfing teenager who is trying to navigate her adolescence. With the support of her caring and comical ‘ohana Lahela is determined to make the most of her teenage years and forge her own path.
Guiding Lahela (and also complicating things) is her career-driven mother Dr. Clara Hannon (Kathleen Rose Perkins) who’s also her supervisor at the hospital, her doting father Benny (Jason Scott Lee) who helps keep her connected to what matters most, her free-spirited older brother Kai (Matthew Sato), her gregarious younger brother Brian Patrick (Wes Tian) her best friend Steph (Emma Meisel), her surfer crush Walter (Alex Aiono) and her fellow hospital colleagues played by Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Mapuana Makia, and Ronny Chieng.
Watch the trailer above and check out the poster below.