The Lizzie McGuire Cast Opened Up About Disney+ Canceling the Reboot
Update Jan. 15, 2021: In a new interview with Vice, several Lizzie McGuire cast members spoke about how disappointed — and surprised — they are about Disney+ canceling plants to bring the show back. Robert Carradine, who played Lizzie's dad Sam, explained that things seemed to be going in the right direction and that a slew of Disney executives enjoyed the table reads for the first two episodes.
"When we did the read-through of the first two scripts, there were literally three rows of chairs and in each chair was some kind of a Disney executive," Carradine told Vice. "I mean, there were 25 of them in there. And they were laughing their asses off."
"Every single step of that trajectory had to be green-lit by somebody who's high up in the organization," he said of rumors that the show felt too "grown-up" for Disney+. "So, you go to all that trouble and they decide at the last minute, out of the blue, that it needs to be more kid-friendly? I don't get that."
Hallie Todd, who played Lizzie's mom Jo, echoed the sentiment.
"I'm sad. We had the best time when we got together for those two episodes. It felt like no time had passed, except that all of a sudden these kids were adults," she said. "It just seems ridiculous. There's always more to it than you hear, and I certainly am not privy to those conversations in the back room."
Previously: The saga of 30-something Lizzie McGuire has reached an upsetting conclusion.
After production on the reboot of the beloved Disney Channel show was halted in February and star Hilary Duff voiced her hopes that Disney+ would allow the series to move to Hulu, fans awaited updates.
Ten months later, Duff hammered the final nail in modern Lizzie’s (likely bespoke) coffin. On Wednesday afternoon, the former Disney star announced that the reboot “isn’t going to happen.”
“I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans’ loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen.”
Duff went on to say that she was committed to making the character’s return “honest and authentic,” and, implicitly, the reboot that was in production wouldn’t have allowed that.
“We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her. I’m very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020s made of.”
OK, but will we ever find out what Lizzie was doing with that alpaca? We just want answers.