One of the most eagerly awaited series to be announced before Disney+ launched was the revival of “Lizzie McGuire”, which was initially scheduled to arrive on Disney+ in 2020, but sadly the series suffered from creative differences between the creators, cast and executives. The first two episodes of the new show were filmed in New York, but filming was halted when the original “Lizzie McGuire” series creator Terri Minsky left the project due to creative differences. Filming was put on hold, and then the pandemic hit, causing more delays.
This Disney+ original series was going to pick up when Lizzie McGuire was just about to turn 30. She seemingly has it all – her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, her dream guy and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment – but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her friends, her loving family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.
Hilary Duff has since gone on to star in the hit comedy series, “How I Met Your Father”, which returned for a second season this past week on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in many countries around the world.
As part of the promotional tour for the second season, Hilary Duff, appeared on the “Watch What Happen’s Live With Andy Cohen”, where he asked about returning to the role of “Lizzie McGuire” once again.
“Disney+ was very new, you know. And I think they were like figuring out their — and we were figuring out our — and like, and so — I am optimistic.”
Since the initial cancellation, Hilary Duff has spoken out on many occasions about the show, because, as she alludes to in a recent interview, Disney+ was still in the early days and was very much in the “family-friendly” space and didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. A few years later, Disney+ has gotten a little more mature (especially outside of the US), and the vision for what the creators wanted the show to be, might be a little more palatable.
A few years ago, Hilary Duff went very public on social media with her thoughts on how the restrictions of what Disney executives wanted from the series, even wanting them to continue making the show but move it to Hulu, which is what originally happened with “Love, Victor” and “High Fidelity”.
“I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. 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.” She added, “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.”
Hopefully, Disney can correct this situation and get this project back on course. It’s rare a new series is heavily promoted, with footage even being shown to fans, only for it to entirely fall apart during the filming process.
While we wait to see what happens next with this revival, you can watch the original “Lizzie McGuire” series on Disney+ now and see Hilary Duff in “How I Met Your Father” on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ internationally.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.