We were all so excited when it was announced that Lizzie McGuire was getting a reboot on the Disney Channel.
The original cast was even coming along for the ride, and things were moving ahead, smooth sailing.
That is, until January of 2020 rolled around — DANG IT, 2020!!
The Lizzie McGuire rebot was pulled from production, and we were all left dumbfounded — and a little disappointed.
We weren’t the only ones completely caught off guard. The actors, themselves were left out in left field, wondering what the heck happened.
Officially, the higher ups at Disney wanted to move in a different creative direction — in other words, it was going to be too ADULT for their audiences.
Some of the Lizzie McGuire family is finally speaking out about the Disney diss, and we are totally here to listen to what they have to say.
In the wake of Love, Victor — also a Disney show — moving to HULU because it wasn’t family friendly enough, Hilary Duff (Lizzie, herself) took to Instagram to quietly let us all know how she feels.
“Sounds Familiar,” she posted on Instagram in solidarity with the show, Love, Victor — a story about a gay teen, which has since been moved to Hulu.
In February, Hilary Duff also posted a plea to Disney, asking them to move Lizzie McGuire to Hulu, as well. She also pointed out that she doesn’t want to sacrifice authentic Lizzie to make the show “family friendly.”
Then, in December, all of our hopes for a Lizzie McGuire reboot were crushed, when Hilary Duff posted a message on Instagram saying that show had indeed been canceled.
Robert Carradine, who played Lizzie’s dad on the show, said he was also left confused, as they had already filmed two episodes of the show, and the Disney executives seemed very happy with what was happening.
Every single step of that trajectory had to be greenlit by somebody who’s high up in the organization. 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.Robert Carradine via E! Online
Hallie Todd, who played Lizzie’s mom, also weighed in on the cancellation of the show.
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.Halle Todd via E! Online
She went on to say that she thought it was “ridiculous” that they cancel the show, but admits, “There’s always more to it than you hear, and I certainly am not privy to those conversations in the back room.”
Jake Thomas, Lizzie’s brother, also gave his two cents on what happened with the cancellation of the show.
When I walked onto the set of the rebuilt McGuire house for the reboot, it felt like such an unreal homecoming, an overwhelming childhood nostalgia. It saddens me greatly that the fans don’t get to share in that feeling.Jake Thomas via E! Online
RIP, Lizzie McGuire. We will sure miss seeing the reboot of the show!