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The ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival Would Only Succeed as a Mature, Authentic Reflection of Adult Life

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This is not what dreams are made of.

You’ve probably heard by now that the Lizzie McGuire revival has been officially cancelled after series creator, Terri Minsky, stepped away from her role as show runner.

“I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to more in the amazing woman she would’ve been in the adventures we would have taken with her,” Hilary Duff announced yesterday. 

Since May, Disney+, Disney’s new streaming network, where the show was slated to premiere sometime in 2020, did not disclose too much information about the production halt instead chalking it all up to a difference in “creative direction.”

A spokesperson for the company put their best “everything is fine” face forward and said that, “After filming two episodes, we concluded that we are ….  putting a new lens on the show.”

And that’s fine because like they said, fans have a “sentimental attachment” and “high expectations.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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But here’s the thing — one of those expectations was actually getting to see the revival happen.

Another was to see it happen in an authentic way that stays true to the character and her experiences as an adult.

While Disney puts a smile on (they hail from the happiest place on Earth, don’t you know?), Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff took to social media to explain to her confused fans what was really affecting the revival: Disney doesn’t want to sign-off on the mature content and insists on keeping things PG.

“Was incredibly excited to launch ‘Lizzie’ on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her,” Duff wrote in an Instagram post.

“I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating. It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen / teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable,” she added.

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Then, she proposed a new idea that fans could all get behind: “It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again <3.”

Her suggestion was inspired by recent news that the Love, Simon TV show was moving from Disney+ to Hulu because of “adult themes.”

At the time, Duff commented, “sounds familiar.”

Here’s my question… on what planet did Disney and the people behind the revival think that 2020 Lizzie McGuire would share the same values as pre-teen Lizzie McGuire? Or that her then-to-now fans would want to see that?

While I understand that Disney is a family-friendly company, the series was going to be a mainstay on the streaming service not the kiddo-geared, Disney Channel. If it was going to be on Disney Channel, that might be a different story, but a streaming service is watched by people of all ages.

We also have to take into consideration the age of the Lizzie McGuire fandom. While there may be some younger-skewing fans and Gen-Xer’s who have grown to adore and love Lizzie, the majority of the fanbase vying for the revival is — and say it with me now — millennials.

We were watching 13-year-old Lizzie McGuire when we were 13-years-old. Now, Lizzie McGuire is a 30-something in New York, and we’re all 30-somethings living our best lives and struggling with crippling student debt, unstable job economies, learning how to become bosses, heartbreak, new relationships, dating apps, starting families, friendship drama, reconnecting with old friends, hangovers, brunches with friends… you get the picture.

It would be a shame if the Lizzie McGuire series didn’t reflect that because the show is geared towards an audience that is mature enough for the mature content.

The true fandom shouldn’t be alienated because Disney’s too scared to give us an authentic look at what it’s like to be an adult in this world.

Being an adult and having adult experience is hard, just like being a pre-teen and navigating those experiences was hard, but it was made manageable by our girl Lizzie. Fans are looking for that same level of connection and relatability now in their adult lives.

We never expected a Disney series to have sex scenes a la The Bold Type, but it also doesn’t have to in order to be successful.  One great example of allowing a show and its characters to mature while also keeping in-tune with the magic that made them so great in the first place and then adding some kiddo friendly content on top is Netflix’s Fuller House.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The series never watered-down DJ or Stephanie Tanner’s adult experiences, but because of the original vibe, we didn’t expect it to be super risque in the first place.

Lizzie McGuire took plenty of risks in its heyday (what kid had a whole romance in Italy during their 8th-grade trip? We all remember The Lizzie McGuire Movie, right?), and fans expect the adult version of the series to take those same risks and be authentic in its portrayal.

Trying to water-down Lizzie McGuire to make it more PG is not only a disservice to Lizzie but the fans who grew up with her.

If Disney+ can’t get down with that, then it seems only fair that they do the right thing and move it to Hulu or whatever other streaming services will sign off on an authentic revival that stays true to character.

You’d think that Disney would have learned by now that when fans want revivals of earlier shows, we don’t want the cookie-cutter versions of them anymore.

Remember Raven’s Home, the spinoff to That’s So Raven, or Girl Meets World, the Boy Meets World spinoff?

They never touched the level of success that the original shows did because they played it too safe and leaned too hard into being children’s shows and thus, alienating a huge chunk of the fanbase that simply wanted to “catch up with old friends.” The shows also didn’t keep up with our society, where there’s so much programming coming at us from all directions, we’re constantly seeking out relatable (and nostalgic) content, and we have become more mature in the kind of content we consume. Our expectations are higher and we want to be reflected in our characters now more than ever.

Disney only had to options: to give fans the best Lizzie McGuire series, they needed to sign off on that mature content or give it to Hulu. Otherwise, it’s probably best they just nixed it because pushing forward a less-than storyline would have ruined an otherwise trailblazing character.

So, if you really want to see what Lizzie McGuire is up to now as a 30-something adult living in New York City, she goes by the name of Kelsey Peter’s, works in publishing, and is navigating a complex relationship with Zane Anders on Younger.

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What to Watch July 2021 Guide: Virgin River, Gossip Girl Reboot, Big Brother and MORE

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Watch to Watch July 2021 Guide: Virgin River, Gossip Girl Reboot, Big Brother and MORE

Happy July!

Summer’s here and so are all of your favorite summer shows!

The scorching summer month brings new seasons of some fan faves along with some exciting new releases!

Here’s what you can watch after you cool off from a long day of fun in the sun!

TV

Fear Street Trilogy – Netflix (July 2)

This is one camp ghost story that will send shivers up your spine. Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978, and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Riverdale – The CW (July 7)

The second half of the teen drama will premiere new episodes mid-summer after its schedule was altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hiram Lodge is still causing havoc, Betty is looking for her missing sister, and Jughead may or may not have sobered up from his psychedelic trip! Read the review to catch up before the season kicks off now! 

 

Big Brother – CBS (July 7)

Season 23 of the reality competition adds new players, a team element, and a live premiere to amp up the drama!

 

Love Island – CBS (July 7)

It’s time to get hot and heavy with the premiere of Love Island that introduces 12 new hopefuls looking for romance! Due to the pandemic, the season filmed in Las Vegas rather than Fiji!

 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Atypical – Netflix (July 9)

The coming-of-age series about Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, is gearing up to air its final season.

 

Virgin River – Netflix (July 9)

Get ready to take in the breathtaking sights of Virgin River, which picks up with Jack’s shooting and teases a funeral, a wedding, and a baby! 

 

Never Have I Ever – Netflix (July 15)

The second season of the coming-of-age series continues to give us a look into the everyday pressures of first-generation Indian American teen Devi. 

 

Schmigadoon! – Apple TV+ (July 16)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Turner & Hooch – Disney+ (July 21)

Disney+ is revamping a classic about a cop and his partner who just so happens to be a large dog. Josh Peck taps in the role made famous by Tom Hanks in 1989. 

 

Sky Rojo – Netflix (July 23)

Alex Pina (the man behind Money Heist/La Casa de Papel) brings you the second installment about sex workers on the run. 

 

Roswell, New Mexico – The CW (July 26)

Fill the alien void in your life with the third season of Roswell, New Mexico, which finds Max confronting an evil doppelganger

 

Outer Banks – Netflix (July 30)

The hunt for treasure continues on the second season of Outer Banks. How long until the Pogues realize John B and Sarah survived the storm?

 

The Pursuit of Love – Amazon Prime (July 30)

The season, originally released by the BBC in the UK, is hitting Amazon Prime. It tells the story of two rich and privileged cousins Linda (Lily James) and Fanny (Emily Beecham) as they navigate complex emotions of love and sex. 

 

MOVIES

The Tomorrow War – Amazon Prime (July 2)

In this futuristic apocalypse thriller, Chris Pratt is drafted to fight a war in 2051 where Earth is being attacked by aliens and the fate of humanity lies on his shoulders. J.K. Simmons also stars. 

 

Black Widow – Disney+ (July 9)

The delayed-action spy thriller from Marvel movie finds Scarlett Johannson tapping into her character, Natasha Romanoff, and embracing a darker nature. It’s available for Disney+ subscribers for $30 additional “Premiere Access.”

 

A Quiet Place 2 – Paramount+ (July 12)

If you missed the sequel to A Quiet Place in theaters, the Emily Blunt and John Krasinski thriller will debut on the streamer! 

 

Resort to Love – Netflix (July 29)

Alicia Keys serves as producer on the romantic comedy that finds pop star Erica (Christina Milian) hiding her feelings for her ex-fiance from his bride-to-be after landing a gig at his resort. 

 

Jungle Cruise – Disney+ (July 30)

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt hop onto the Jungle Cruise for an adventurous ride down the Amazon where they find danger and supernatural forces “all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest.” It’ll be available for an additional fee. 

 


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2021-2022 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed

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2021-2022 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed

We’re entering the season of refreshing the page to see if your favorite shows have been renewed for the upcoming 2021-2022 TV season.

Since COVID-19 affected production on many shows and delayed their premieres, the criteria for what gets the green light and what ends up on the chopping block has become more stringent this go-around.

As usual, The CW gave an early renewal for most of their shows including Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Walker, Batwoman, and more. 

In a shocking twist, Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season 18 along with sibling series Station 19. 

Unfortunately, not every show shared the same fate as Prodigal Son on FOX was given the ax after two seasons. 

Check out the list below to see which shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW have been renewed, canceled, or on the bubble. (TBD means that a show has not yet gotten news about its upcoming season, so check back soon!)

 

NBC

Renewed
The Blacklist

Chicago Fire

Chicago Med

Chicago P.D.

Kenan

Law & Order: SVU

Mr. Mayor

New Amsterdam

This Is Us

Transplant 

This Is Us

Young Rock

Law & Order Organized Crime

 

Canceled

Connecting

Manifest

Debris

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Good Girls

 

Final Season 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Superstore

 

ABC

Renewed

Big Sky

The Good Doctor

Grey’s Anatomy

Station 19

The Conners

The Goldbergs

Home Economics

A Million Little Things

The Rookie

 

Canceled

Stumptown

United We Fall

For Life

Rebel

Call Your Mother

American Housewife

mixed-ish

 

Final Season

black-ish

 

The CW

Renewed

All American

Batwoman

Charmed

Coroner

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Stargirl

Dead Pixels

Dynasty

The Flash

In the Dark

Kung Fu

Legacies

Nancy Drew

Riverdale

Roswell, New Mexico

Superman & Lois

Stargirl

Two Sentence Horror Stories

Walker

 

Canceled

Burden of Truth

Pandora

Trickster

Bulletproof

 

Final Season 

Black Lightning

Supergirl

 

TBD

Republic of Sarah

Devils

The Outpost

 

FOX

Renewed

Bob’s Burgers

Call Me Kat

Duncanville

Family Guy

The Great North

The Simpsons

9-1-1

9-1-1: Lone Star

The Resident

The Moodys

 

Canceled

Bless the Harts

Filthy Rich

Next

Prodigal Son

 

Final Season

Last Man Standing

 

CBS

Renewed

Blood & Treasure

Blue Bloods

Bob Hearts Abishola

Bull

The Equalizer

Evil

FBI

FBI: Most Wanted

Magnum P.I.

NCIS

NCIS: Los Angeles

The Neighborhood

S.W.A.T.

Young Sheldon

B Positive

SEAL Team (Paramount+)

United States of Al

 

Canceled

MacGyver

Mom

NCIS: New Orleans

All Rise

Clarice

The Unicorn


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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up!

As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!

But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer! 

From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch! 

Check out our list below: 

 

Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)

In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down! 

 

In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)

From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:

 

Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)

Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”

 

Elite – June 18 (Netflix)

Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops! 

 
 

Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)

 
Netflix’s new raunchy drama is inspired by BB Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Billie is a sex-charged housewife who craves the wild days of her youth and can’t stop thinking about her former flame.
 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)

Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Virgin River – July 9 (Netflix)

Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire,  divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”

 

Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)

After a long hiatus, season 3 of the teen drama returns with the town still reeling from the events of last year. Per the synopsis: “From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures?”
 
 

Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)

Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way. 

 

The Chair -August 27 (Netflix) 

Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department. 

 

Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)

If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side. 

 
 
Other notable mentions: the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on August 12, season 2 of Never Have I Ever, Betty, and Ted Lasso, the final season of Bosch, and Disney+’s Loki!
 
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