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.”
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.
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.
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.
9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022
It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres.
There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best.
These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered.
Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:
How I Met Your Father – Hulu
Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds.
The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.
House of the Dragon – HBO Max
Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.
BEL-AIR – Peacock
Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.
Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)
We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.
Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet.
Inventing Anna – Netflix
Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11.
Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime
This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.
Stranger Things – Netflix
We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+
Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.
12 Reasons Why Ace is the Best Character on ‘Nancy Drew’
Nancy Drew is a brilliant teen detective. That’s how they’ve marketed her for years, so we have no choice but to love her.
The CW’s version, portrayed by Kennedy McMann, is a modern-take on the character who is driven and determined, yet impressively aware of her flaws and imperfections. She owns them like a badge while going after what she wants wholeheartedly and using her particular set of skills to solve mysteries — both human and supernatural in nature — along the way.
Since Nancy carries the series, it’s hard not to paint her as the best of the best.
But we’re lucky that in The CW version of the series, the Drew Crew has no shortage of incredible characters in addition to Nancy.
However, there’s no denying that one character stands out amongst the others for being equally as developed… and that’s Ace (played by Alex Saxon).
Puppy dog eyes aside (don’t you just want to give him a hug), Ace started off as a one-dimensional character that was around for quick laugh, but he quickly evolved into the heart of the series thanks to a plethora of great qualities, including serving as the backbone of the Scooby squad.
We’re breaking down some of the other reasons that we love Ace below:
He’s Always There for His Friends
Ace’s theme song should be Toy Story’s “You Got a Friend In Me” because Ace is the teddy bear you can call up whenever you’re having a bad day and need a hug, a piece of advice, or a reality check.
There has never been a time where Ace left a friend in need. Whenever anyone from the Drew Crew needs him, Ace is right there to offer assistance and support. He’s provided a shoulder to cry on for Nick, he assisted Nancy no matter how dangerous the situation, and he’s even been a “get out of a bad date” call for Bess. Ace is there when you need him most, whether you know it or not.
He Never Turned His Back on Carson Drew
Speaking of friends and being there for them… Ace has an unmatched level of loyalty. When the whole town painted Carson Drew as the villain, Ace made it a point to visit him and make sure he was okay. Throughout the seasons, he’s always had Carson’s back even when it would’e been easier to side with Nancy and let him be. It’s yet another point that re-affirms that Ace is “ride or die” friend.
He Does the Right Thing No Matter How Difficult It Is
Ace has really great judgment, especially in social situations. He tried to befriend Bertram Bobbsey simply because he believed that everybody deserves a second chance and because he wanted to do right by his girlfriend, Amanda Bobbsey. But the minute he realized something sketchy was going on, he took a step back. And when Carson informed him that they needed to find Bertram otherwise he would go down as an accomplice for a crime, he followed Amanda and ensured that her father was put away behind bars where he couldn’t hurt anyone else (including Amanda) again. While it was a difficult decision on his part, Amanda made it clear that her priority was her father, and Ace knew that he had to do the right thing no matter how much it hurt her or ended their relationship.
Part of what makes Ace such a great friend is that he’s able to foresee everyone’s needs often before they even know what they need themselves. This allows him to dish out incredible advice (see reason #1) that makes him appear wise beyond his years.
He’s a Hard Worker
When he’s not assisting Nancy and the crew with solving supernatural mysteries, he’s putting in the hours at the Claw. For a little, it seemed as though he was the only employee who actually worked any kind of shift at all.
He Knows How To Be Vulnerable
Not only is he vulnerable, but he is empathetic and intuitive, which are all very desirable characteristics for a man that’s in-tune with himself and his feelings. He’s a genuinely good human, and that genuineness trickles down to everyone he comes in contact with. His most vulnerable was hunting down his step-brother and getting to know him while also protecting his father’s secret and his mother from being hurt by the truth.
His Relationship with His Dad Is One to Be Admired
Despite a few hiccups here and there, Ace has a pretty sweet relationship with his father. He’s a caring son that always prioritizes his father’s needs. Plus, it’s awesome to see ASL portrayed on television and naturally weaved into a storyline.
He’s An Accomplished Hacker
Mr. Robot doesn’t have anything on Ace. He’s been able to assist in many supernatural mysteries simply by being the tech-guru that can crack any code and decipher any message. His skills have come in handy on many occasions! Unfortunately, most recently, they also got him caught up in a pretty uncanny situation — a parallel universe!
His Stroke of Comedic Genius
Ace has some of the best one-liners, and he delivers them without missing a beat, usually in the most serious and significant situations. The unexpected nature of his commentary typically catches everyone off-guard, which also allows for some really hilarious reactions that Ace is usually oblivious to. The only other person who rivals Ace with this witty quips and comedic-timing is Bess, but we have enough room in our hearts to stan them both.
He Doesn’t Take Himself Too Seriously
With everything that’s going on around him and almost dying on several accounts, Ace is incredibly chill. It’s impressive that he can manage to keep things so low-key and zen when the ghostly spirits have set their sights on Horseshoe Bay, and usually, him and his friends. See the previous point about being trapped in a parallel universe, which would be cause for concern for anyone.
He Has Pretty Eyes
This one is pretty self-explanatory… and it leads into…
The Love Interest
Of course, there’s no denying that Ace is beloved by many because he’s a love interest for Nancy. While she’s had her fair share of romances throughout the seasons, Ace is a constant in her life. He loves her for her wins and her flaws, he’s her biggest supporter, and as time progresses, Nancy has come to realize just how much she values Ace’s presence in her life. While many argue that they have a great friendship dynamic that shouldn’t be messed with, their romance is a slow burn. Admittedly, that’s working wonders for the show as it is keeping audiences on their toes and will make the moment so much better when they do finally give into those feelings that have been bubbling up riiiiight under the surface. Both Nancy and Ace haven’t had luck in the romance department, so maybe they’ll both finally find someone that’s worthy of their love and affection.
What’s your favorite thing about Ace on Nancy Drew?
Is he your favorite character? If not, who is? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021
2021 was a strange year in TV. The production of so many shows was sidetracked by the pandemic, but we still somehow made it to the finale. So with the end of the year coming up in a couple of weeks, it seems only fitting to give a proper send-off to 9 TV shows that we’re sad to leave behind in 2021. Some ended too early, while others ended at the perfect time, but all will be greatly missed.
1. Younger (Paramount+)
This past summer we said a tearful goodbye to the cast of Younger. Originally, its producer, Darren Star had unofficially ideated Season 7 as its final season, and then it came true. Thankfully, it’s available to stream, so you can repeatedly enjoy this show in its full glory. Younger is about Liza Miller, a 40-year-old woman who resorts to lying about her age in order to return to the workforce after raising her daughter. It’s an entertaining rom-com that highlights ageism and sexism in the workplace, while also beautifully capturing the importance of friendship.
2. Insecure (HBO Max)
Insecure is a dramedy that focuses on the Black narrative, particularly Black women and the unrealistic expectation of confidence. Issa Dee’s just trying to survive and thrive in her personal and professional life. However, in order to get there, she must learn to overcome her insecurities and flaws. With the help of her best friend Molly, the two take on life in Los Angeles together all while overcoming a period of liminality.
3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
A fantastic comedy that puts a modern twist on the mid-1800s, Dickinson, is not what you’d expect. Hailee Steinfeld leads the series as the outspoken feminist Emily Dickinson, as she strives to become the infamous poet we know and praise today. You don’t have to be an English major to enjoy this one. As long as you love a good romance, fight against the patriarchy, and maybe a little Wiz Kalifa, you’re sure to find this 3 season show, delightful.
4. Feel Good (Netflix)
Mae Martin’s original comedy, Feel Good on Netflix is a much-needed LGBTQ+ representative show. The show is a short two seasons but they sure pack quite the punch. It centers on Mae, a standup comedian who swaps her drug addiction for love. During her time in England, Mae meets and falls in love with George, a baby queer. The show dissects the qualms of their relationship, all of course, with a healthy dose of humor.
5. Shrill (Hulu)
A young journalist struggles to jumpstart her career until she begins to write about her greatest insecurity–weight. Shrill shares the life of Annie Eaton as she learns to find confidence in being unapologetically herself. Navigating the world of romance and privilege, she runs into problems and makes countless mistakes. Its three-season run feels short, but once you make it to the end, you’ll feel appreciative of the journey.
6. Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)
Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian show about a Korean-Canadian family and their acclimation to both the Canadian culture and the evolving generation. An endearing comedy about the pressures and tension between the children of immigrants and their parents. Its five-season run was the perfect length, but we will surely miss this cast.
7. The Bold Type (Freeform)
The Bold Type is a show about three fearless friends who bond over their careers at Scarlet Magazine. It has hints of Sex and the City, but with a more diverse and feminist perspective. It’s a bit more drama than comedy and includes the typical search for love, self-identity, and everything in between. The show’s fluidity was affected by the pandemic but still managed to end on a sweet note in its fifth season.
8. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
This NBC show was cut way too short, but thankfully Roku picked it up for a movie to tie up some loose ends. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist centers on a unique premise. Following a CT scan, Zoey starts hearing people’s inner song-alogues. The power initially seems useless and annoying, but she later learns to use it for the better.
9. Atypical (Netflix)
Atypical is a sweet family comedy about Sam, a teenager who falls on the autism spectrum. The show follows his quest to find independence, love, and the meaning of life. And while his family plays a large role in his life, his newfound autonomy especially puts his mother on a new life journey–one without the constant supervision of her son. It’s a family affair, and you’ll be sure to invest in every character and the family dynamic by the end.
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