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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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Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022

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Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022

When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.

There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.

And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!

Fa la la la—enjoy!

 

Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10

Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.

 

Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2

Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.

 

Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17

Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love,  played by Freddie Prinze Jr. 

 

Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2

Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!

 

The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24

Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”

 

A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max) – Nov 17

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is back and he’s all grown up! In the sequel to the holiday favorite, he must deal with all things Christmas, this time as a dad.

 

A Country Christmas Harmony (Lifetime) – Nov 18

Calling all Sweet Magnolia fans! Brooke Elliott and Brandon Quinn reunite in this rom-com about a country music star who returns to her hometown to perform a live Christmas concert where she runs into her ex-boyfriend/former music duo partner. “After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help.”

 

Spirited (Apple TV) – Nov 18

Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer appear in this retelling of A Christmas Carol. Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present, who selects one dark soul on Christmas Eve to be reformed by three spirits, but when he picks the wrong Scrooge, Clint Briggs (Reynolds), forces the ghostly host to examine his own past, present, and future. 

 
 

 

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ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars

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2023 Midseason TV Schedule

With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.

Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.

Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:

CBS

MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 8
7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)

 

ABC

THURSDAY, DEC. 15
10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8:00 pm The Rookie
9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
10:00 pm WILL TRENT 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8:00 pm Shark Tank

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
8:00 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs

MONDAY, JAN. 23
8:00 pm The Bachelor
10:00 pm The Good Doctor

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)

SUNDAY, FEB. 19
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 pm American Idol 
10:00 pm THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

THURSDAY, FEB. 23
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 pm Alaska Daily

 

FOX

MONDAY, Jan. 2
8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 3

8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)

THURSDAY, Jan. 5
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)

SUNDAY, Jan. 8
8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)

MONDAY, Jan. 9
9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 17
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)

SUNDAY, Jan. 22
9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 24
9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)

SUNDAY, Feb. 12
10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)

THURSDAY, Feb. 16
8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)

 

NBC

MONDAY, JAN. 2
8  pm AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS
10 pm  Quantum Leap

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
10 pm New Amsterdam

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm Chicago Med 
9 pm Chicago Fire 
10 pm Chicago P.D. 

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 pm Young Rock
9 pm Dateline NBC

TUESDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm NIGHT COURT
8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)

TUESDAY, JAN. 24
8:30 pm American Auto

TUESDAY, JAN. 31
9 pm La Brea
10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)

SUNDAY, FEB. 19
9 pm Magnum P.I.
10 pm FOUND

SUNDAY, FEB. 26
8 pm The Blacklist 

MONDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm The Voice 

TUESDAY, MARCH 7
9 pm The Voice
10 pm That’s My Jam


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5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022

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Chicago Med Recap Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In Season 7 Episode 4

Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.

Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.

While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show. 

Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:

 

Sarah Rafferty

Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.

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CHICAGO MED — “Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth” Episode 721 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Sarah Rafferty as Dr. Pamela Blake — (Photo by: George Burns Jr./NBC)

 

Guy Lockard

Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start. 

Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.

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CHICAGO MED — “Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin” Episode 708 — Pictured: Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Asjha Cooper

Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!

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CHICAGO MED — “To Lean In Or To Let Go” Episode 702 — Pictured: Asjha Cooper as Vanessa Taylor — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Brian Tee

Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart. 

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CHICAGO MED — “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You” Episode 712 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Kristen Hager

Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!

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CHICAGO MED — “To Lean In Or To Let Go” Episode 702 — Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Kristin Hager as Dr. Stevie Hammer — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?


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