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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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Elite Season 5 Episode 1 – 3 Review: The Party Don’t Stop… And Neither Do the Murders

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Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

Some Netflix shows have a break of several years between shows, but thankfully, that’s not the case for Elite

Note: This review will cover the first three episodes of the brand-new season as they were available to the media in advance. 

Elite Season 5 debuts less than a year after season 4, but there’s just as much angst, drama, sex, sexual fluidity, and, of course, murder, as ever. 

Honestly, have you met a group of teens that endured more death than the student body at Las Encinas?

Much like previous seasons, season 5 opens up with Samu arrested for murder, but we have no idea whose body is floating around in the water. 

The rotation of interviews with the students provides a snippet of insight, and one might narrow down the victim list to Benjamin, Omar, or Ivan. 

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Rebeka informs the cops that the killer is definitely not Samu as he’d like them to believe, but it’s unclear if she actually knows who the murderer is or if she knows it’s not him because it’s her. 

There’s enough anger directed at Benjamin from literally everyone in school to make his death plausible. Omar is also an outcast who has made an enemy of the few that still loved him and got himself caught up in a dangerous situation. And Ivan, though innocent at first, has a darkness about him; it’s clear he loves to play with fire. But more on that later.

Because aside from the new victim, there’s also the lingering mystery of what happened to Armando, Mencia’s abuser from last season.

Even all these months later, his existence still plagues the Blanco family because they have absolutely no idea he’s dead.

Only Samu, Rebeka, Guzman, and the audience know he’s at the bottom of the lake. There are a few moments where the secret is too much for Rebeka and Samu and they debate coming clean, especially as Ari tries to move on with her near-death experience and embraces a “you only live once” mentality that puts her in all sorts of questionable situations.

Her fervor for living her best life lends itself to a bit of a tug and pull in her relationship with Samu, who finds himself very loyal to Benjamin, a man he considers to be somewhat of a father figure.

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

ELITE (L to R) ITZAN ESCAMILLA as SAMUEL, OMAR AYUSO as OMAR in episode 03 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Benjamin puts his faith in Samu and wants him to rein Ari in, and thus, Samu finds himself torn and in what can only be described as a three-way relationship with a daughter and her father. And trying to please them both means that he’s disappointing everyone.

As detectives swarm in hopes of finding out what really happened to Armando, they begin to point fingers at family members, including Patrick, whose short temper occasionally gets the best of him. In an effort to erase all of the pain she’s caused her family, Mencia decides to come clean about the arrangement she had with Armando. It’s also why she has decided to live a quieter and tamer lifestyle, which doesn’t bode well for her relationship with Rebe. 

Rebe and Mencia skirt the lines of will-they-or-won’t-they, but as Mencia tries to put herself back in the closet, Rebe puts an end to their relationship. 

Many season 4 storylines spill over into the new season, including Phillipe’s confession of abuse. Elodie uses his apology to destroy the royal by announcing that he raped her, which taints his perfect image at the school.

He begs Cayetana to confess what happened in the limo so that Benjamin will stop protecting him and kick him out of the school as it would allow him to seek refuge in his home country. She considers helping him out, but after a little persuasion from the new student, she realizes that’s the easy way out.

Honestly, this might be the most important storyline on the series as it holds Phillipe accountable for his actions. He doesn’t just get to ruin lives, run off to his safe space, and do it again. He has to face the people he hurt and the people who know what he did every single day.  He needs to build himself back up. He needs to earn a second chance. And most importantly, he needs to want to change. Cayetana drags him to therapy and promises that she’ll be by his side, and it’s sweet, but it’s not helping because he’s not the one initiating it. He’s only going so that she takes him back, which is a terrible excuse to go to therapy.

He pretty much throws a tantrum every time because he’s forced to confront the ugly side of himself and dig into why he did what he did. And when it gets tough, he runs away to his “yes girl” who makes him feel safe by throwing on rose-colored glasses, excusing his behavior, and convincing him that he’s not as terrible of a human as they say he is. 

Every new season ushers in a slew of new faces to Las Encinas.

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

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Isadora (Valentina Zenere) joins as an Empress and heiress of a nightlife empire in Ibiza who takes a liking to Phillipe. She’s so adamant about helping him clear his name, in fact, that she suggests they enter into a fake relationship. The logic here is that two pretty and rich people together will make the public forget all about his abuse. And on some level, she likely wants the fake relationship to become real.

We don’t know much about her motivation with Phillipe, but based on a brief heart-t0-heart, it seems as though Isadora is a believer in second chances because she too has paid the price for a mistake in her past. 

The second newcomer is Ivan (André Lamoglia), the son of the greatest soccer player in the world who doesn’t know when to stop the party.

Ivan and Patrick immediately click, and while everyone at the school — and likely many fans at home — assumes Ivan is gay, he assures them that he’s very hetero. 

Patrick, however, thinks he can persuade Ivan into sleeping with him through his good looks and charm, so he concocts a “no rules” party where everyone is basically encouraged to come naked and hook up with anyone and everyone without judgment. 

Unfortunately, the night doesn’t go as planned for Patrick as he doesn’t get to hook up with Ivan.

Samu, however, gets to lock lips with him before Ivan informs Ari that he’s completely smitten with her. She’s kind of into it, but also totally against it. It seems as though she’ll likely give in to temptation by the end of the season given her “live life” attitude.

And as I mentioned before, Ivan’s desire to walk a dangerous path will likely infuriate more than one person, including Samu and Patrick. 

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

ELITE (L to R) ANDRÉ LAMOGLIA as IVÁN in episode 02 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Benjamin sets his sights on the students in hopes of forcing them to finally focus on school and less on partying, drugs, and hooking up, but the harder he pushes, the more they rebel. 

Patrick’s party, during which he encourages everyone to go on airplane mode so that they can’t be tracked by the adults including his father, who is referred to as the “dictator” by some students, is just one example of it. 

Social distancing definitely takes on a whole new meaning on the series as it has nothing to do with COVID. 

At one point, in a fit of revenge, Benjamin forces the class to vote on which student they would like to expel as punishment for the drug-fueled party.

Omar is the deciding vote, and he votes for Samu knowing that the “teacher’s pet” won’t actually get expelled. 

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Benjamin announces that Samu will be expelled for three days, and the moment is the last straw for Samu and Omar’s already fractured friendship. 

Ever since Ander left and hasn’t been responding to Omar’s messages, Samu has felt suffocated in the friendship. Omar’s parent-like vibe is overbearing. It’s likely something they could’ve come back from, but when, Omar takes pity on a man named Bilal who comes to the restaurant looking for food, gets a job, and then is caught stealing at the end of the shift, it throws their friendship in a new direction.

Samu thinks Omar is too trusting, yet Omar opens up the home he shares with Samu as shelter for Bilal, who reveals that she’s trying to avoid some gangsters that are coming after him.

Bilal once again bites the hand that feeds him when he steals Samu’s laptop, and yet, Omar shrugs it off by defending him and saying that he needs it more than Samu.

There’s definitely too much animosity between these two, which leads me to believe that it might just be Omar who will be the season’s victim, especially as he’s gotten involved in a dangerous situation if Bilal is telling the truth.

He has gotten pretty entwined with the storyline, and while he said that helping people might have illuminated the path to social work for him, maybe he gets in too deep?

Then again, maybe Bilal made it all up to take advantage of Omar? 

Maybe Patrick kills Ivan in one of his uncontrollable fits of rage? 

As the rest of the season unfolds, we’ll get all the pieces to do the puzzle, but until then, what did you think of the first three episodes of Elite season 5?

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Spring 2022 Season Finale Dates Revealed for NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX

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Season Finale Dates spring 2022

Spring showers bring TV season finales to your screen. 

The major networks — NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS — have announced all their season and series finale dates for the spring of 2022.

Check out the list below to find out when your favorite shows are coming to an end this season! 

 

ABC

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
9 pm  Abbott Elementary Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, APRIL 19
9 pm black-ish series finale

SUNDAY, MAY 15
10 pm The Rookie Season 4 finale

MONDAY, MAY 16
10 pm The Good Doctor Season 5 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8 pm The Goldbergs Season 9 finale
8:30 pm The Wonder Years Season 1 finale
9 pm The Conners Season 4 finale
9:30 pm Home Economics Season 2 finale
10 pm A Million Little Things Season 4 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 pm Station 19 Season 5 finale
10 pm Big Sky Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 26
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 finale (two hours)

 

CBS

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
8 pm Undercover Boss Season 11 finale

THURSDAY, APRIL 21
9 pm Ghosts Season 1 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
10 pm Good Sam Season 1 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 6
9 pm Magnum P.I. Season 4 finale
10 pm Blue Bloods Season 12 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 15
8 pm The Equalizer Season 2 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
9 pm Beyond the Edge Season 1 finale (two hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 m Young Sheldon Season 5 finale
8:30 pm United States of Al Season 2 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 22
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13 finale
10 pm S.W.A.T. Season 5 finale

MONDAY, MAY 23
8 pm The Neighborhood Season 4 finale
8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola Season 3 finale
9 pm NCIS Season 19 finale
10 pm NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8 pm FBI Season 4 finale
9 pm FBI: International Season 1 finale
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted Season 3 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
8 pm Survivor Season 42 finale (three hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 26
10 pm Bull series finale

 

FOX

THURSDAY, MAY 5
9 pm Call Me Kat Season 2 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
9 pm Domino Masters Season 1 finale

MONDAY, MAY 16
8 pm 9-1-1 Season 5 finale
9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 3 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 17
8 pm The Resident Season 5 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8 pm The Masked Singer Season 7 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 22
8 pm The Simpsons 33 Season finale
8:30 pm The Great North Season 2 finale
9 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 12 finale
9:30 pm Family Guy Season 20 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
9 pm Name That Tune Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 26
8:30 pm Welcome to Flatch Season 1 finale

THURSDAY, JUNE 23
8 pm MasterChef Junior Season 8 finale

 

NBC

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
10 pm The Thing About Pam limited series finale

MONDAY, MAY 2
10 pm The Endgame Season 1 finale

MONDAY, MAY 9
8 pm American Song Contest Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 17
8:30 pm Mr. Mayor Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 pm Law & Order Season 21 finale
9 pm Law & Order: SVU Season 23 finale
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8 pm Young Rock (new episode)
8:30 pm Young Rock Season 2 finale
9 pm This Is Us series finale
10 pm New Amsterdam Season 4 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
8 pm Chicago Med Season 7 finale
9 pm Chicago Fire Season 10 finale
10 pm Chicago P.D. Season 9 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 27
8 pm The Blacklist Season 9 finale

SUNDAY, JUNE 19
10 pm Transplant Season 2 finale


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Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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Shay Mitchell has amassed quite a following on social media with her hilarious and relatable TikTok videos, but on-screen is where she delivers the real gold and pours herself into the most challenging roles.

Here are the best movies and TV shows starring Shay Mitchell to add to your must-watch list:

 

Pretty Little Liars – Freeform

Shay became a household name after bringing Emily Fields to life in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery drama. Emily and her best friends attempted to solve the mystery surrounding their best friend’s disappearance while fielding text messages from a digital stalker at every turn. Shay’s portrayal was also pivotal as it brought to life one of the best LGBTQ characters for the network! 

 

Dollface – Hulu

After being dumped, Jules (Kat Dennings) rekindles her female friendship with Madison (Brenda Song) and the eccentric Stella (Shay) and re-enters the world where your girlfriends trump romantic relationships. Each character brings a certain personality to the series, but Stella is definitely the most vibrant and worldly. 

 

You – Netflix

In its first season of the psychological thriller, Shay tackled the role of Peach Salinger, the best friend of Joe’s (Penn Badgley) first obsession Beck (Elizabeth Lail). And you know that any friend of Beck’s is an enemy of Joe’s. 

 

 

The Possession of Hannah Grace – Sony Pictures

Shay flexed her horror muscle as cop-turned-morgue worker Megan Reed, who accepts a delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift and is plagued with horrifying visions as she’s possessed by a demonic spirit. 

 

Mother’s Day

The film revolves around several different mother’s day events, including one with Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), a single mom that finds out her ex-husband is marrying a younger woman, Tina, played by Shay.

 

 

 


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