Neil Patrick Harris Crushes Dreams of a Doogie Howser Reboot

July 16, 2018

By Tim Stenovec

Sorry, Doogie Howser fans – the chances of a reboot of the 80s sitcom aren’t looking great.

“I suppose anything could happen, but the whole conceit of that show was that he was a child who was a super smart doctor,” Neil Patrick Harris recently told Cheddar.

Reboots are, of course, all the rage right now – “Murphy Brown,” “Full House,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and “Twin Peaks” are among the once-defunct TV series being re-imagined for a new age. Networks and streaming services alike are trying to appeal to our sense of nostalgia to attract eyeballs. And in many cases it's worked ー the reboot of “Rosanne” garnered huge ratings before ABC canceled it earlier this year.

But don’t worry – Harris, who also spent nine seasons starring in “How I Met Your Mother,” hasn’t ruled out a return to Broadway.

Harris told Cheddar that there’s a chance he’ll go back to the stage when his kids ー a set of seven-year-old twins ー are older.

“Our kids are the perfect age right now to just spend a ton of time with them,” he said, adding that the grueling Broadway schedule ーeight shows each week, including two matinees ー would only allow him to put his kids to bed one night each week.

Harris won a Tony Award in 2014 for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as the title character in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He’s currently starring as Count Olaf in the Netflix original series “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

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