What is Disney+’s definition of “Family Friendly”? While executives at Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, they appeared to agree that the show Love, Simon was beyond any of their definitions. But now, it has been suggested that the long-anticipated Lizzie McGuire reboot may be under the same confusing review. And that suggestion comes from Lizzie herself.
Entertainment Tonight first reported that Lizzie McGuire star, Hilary Duff, shared the news that Love Simon was going to be pulled from Disney+ for not being family-friendly. Posting to social media via her Instagram story, Duff circled the headline and wrote the caption “sounds familiar…”
You can watch the full ET video here:
Duff’s shady post suggests major frustrations, at the very least, that Lizzie McGuire‘s reboot is under the same kind of review. While it is far too much of a reach to suggests the show has already been given the streaming ax, we can at least speculate that this is part of the reason the show has been held up in production.
This tiny suggestion is the latest information to come out about the Lizzie McGuire revival since the show was reportedly back in production after the dismissal of the original show’s creator, Terri Minsky, put everything on hold.
When Minsky left her position, Disney released a statement saying:
“Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series,” a Disney spokesperson explained. “After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.”
That “new lens” might not fit even what Hilary Duff wanted. The revival of one of Disney Channel’s most popular live-action television series was meant to showcase Lizzie as a woman in her 30s with a great career and no kids… yet. Understanding both the character and her original audience are adults now, it needs a more adult perspective. It won’t be like Girl Meets World where the original cast takes a back seat to cover yet another kid’s story.
We at Inside the Magic will keep our [mouse] ears to the ground as more clarity on this story is released.
Please note this article does not intend to pose any opinion on Disney+’s decision to stay “family-friendly” as they see it. We simply want to highlight the possibility that the need to keep to that “family-friendly” definition is causing frustrations for shows in production like Lizzie McGuire.