Disney’s TV Series An Ode to Diversity
Disney has come a long way since its very first animation of Snow White and Cinderella. Today, it is targeting a variety of cultures, diversities, and topics close to the hearts of young people today. In this pure example of another great television series that harks at true values, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. is a series timely in the period it is made in many aspects.
Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha is a child prodigy juggling her teenage life and family with an early medical career, as well as having to deal with balancing her relationship with her mother, who is also her boss. Lahela has the nickname “Doogie” from the television show Doogie Howser, M.D.
It is an American family medical comedy-drama based on the 1989-93 ABC television series Doogie Howser, M.D.
Led by Kourtney Kang, it was put into development at Disney+ in April 2020. This remake – released its second season in March 2023 (only two months ago) – stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as the title character of Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, and Kathleen Rose Perkins, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Jason Scott Lee, and Ronny Chieng in supporting roles.
Kourtney Kang, who directed one episode and is also the creator and executive producer of the series. She is known for writing and producing shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Fresh Off the Boat, and Perfect Harmony. Filming began in December 2020 in Honolulu and Los Angeles.
At the 33rd GLAAD Media Awards, the series was nominated under the Outstanding Kids & Family Programming category. Among other nominations at the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards, Kourtney Kang was nominated under the Outstanding Writing for a Young Teen Program.
The music for Disney’s Doogie Kamealoha MD was composed by Wendy Wang, who is also a producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. She has worked on shows such as Fresh Off the Boat, Perfect Harmony, and The Bold Type.
She also collaborated with Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele player and composer, to produce the show’s main title theme based on Mike Post’s Doogie Howser, M.D. theme. You can listen to the soundtrack single featuring the main title theme and another score cue called Campfire on various streaming platforms.
Wendy Wang was signed by Greg Kurstin to No Expectations Publishing, his joint venture with Sony Music Publishing. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who also plays in the Bird and the Bee. Wendy produced/co-wrote Tori Kelly’s “25th”, The Aces single “Fake Nice”, Flawes “Ghost Town (feat. Rozes), Superfruit’s “Everything (feat. Inara George)”, Terror Jr’s “Kinda Iconic” and co-wrote “Evergreen” by Birdy. She has recently collaborated with Nick Jonas, Mozella, Wynne Bennett, to name a few.
Score by Wendy Wang
Main Title Theme by Mike Post
Performed by Jake Shimabukuro & Wendy Wang
Music Supervisors: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe and Alison Moses
Music Editor: Scott Schirle
Post Production Sound Services by Westwind Media
Administered by the Hawai’I Film Office
Kang-Rosenblatt Productions – telling stories and raising girls since 2006.
The television series is a two-season series with 10 episodes each season. It is now available to watch on Disney+.