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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 09/06/2021

Two reinventions of classics and the conclusion to a comic related series.

This week’s Channel Surfing TV picks include two reinventions of classics and the conclusion to a comic related series. A child genius physician is updated for today’s sensibilities in Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. An arcade game is adapted into an oversized obstacle course in Frogger. Then, the devil takes a new and unexpected job in Lucifer.

Island Vibes

Being a teenager can be rough to navigate but imagine how much more difficult it can be when you’re also a young medical doctor carving out a career. The late 80s and early 90s show, Doogie Howser M.D., explored this drama with Neil Patrick Harris in the titular role. Like many things in Hollywood today, it is receiving a reboot in the upcoming Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.

This version follows Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha who is a 16-year-old prodigy in the medical field in modern day Hawaii. It is a coming-of-age dramedy about forging your own path and is centered around family. Doogie has a complicated life working under her mother at the hospital but her father, siblings, and friends help keep her grounded and connected to what matters most to her.

The series premiere of Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. is Wednesday, September 8, on Disney+.

Leap for Your Life!

Frogger has a pretty simple premise: make it home safely. Unfortunately, there are many hazards in your path from speeding cars to hungry alligators that make the journey so difficult. The video game has been entertaining people for almost 40 years and now prepare to see it in an entirely new way.

Things are going to become more physical as Frogger is supersized into an epic competition with a cash prize. There will be 12 obstacle courses or “crossings” that will test contestants’ skill, strength, strategy, and problem-solving as they face similar challenges found in the original. Consider it a video game themed Wipe Out.

The first three episodes of Frogger will air Thursday, September 9, on Peacock.

Playing God

Lucifer is set to return this week for its final season and hopefully it will tie up all the loose ends and give fans satisfying closure. When we last left the series, Chloe was in trouble and Lucifer sacrifices himself to save her, and in the process, is deemed worthy to become the new God.

We’ll certainly explore his new job more in season six along with other intriguing developments. There will be an unspecified time jump when we catch up with everyone and there will be specially themed episodes including one that is animated and another that tackles Black Lives Matter.

Binge the entire last season of Lucifer starting Friday, September 10, on Netflix.

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