December 3, 2023

In August, Disney announced at its D23 Expo that  “Lizzie McGuire” will be returning to screens on Disney+ next year with the original cast and Terri Minsky returning as the showrunner. 

The revival will see Lizzie McGuire living her new exciting adult life in New York City.

Fans are excited for the new series based on the Disney TV series that originally aired on Disney Channel from January 2001 to February 2004.

In the revival, McGuire is in her 30s and living her dream life in New York working as an apprentice for a fancy interior designer.

Marianne Chavez, sophomore communication sciences and disorders major, said watching the show as a young child helped her get a perspective on what was to come in her teenage years.

“It’s a classic. As kids, we loved this show and we love to bring back the things that make us feel young and connect with our inner child,” Chavez said.

Chavez said she is excited to see how they recreate one of her childhood shows.

“I like the new spin for the show. I will definitely sit down and watch it. I liked the icon that would walk around, so I hope she’s back,” Chavez said.

Daisy Sandoval, freshman biomedical sciences major, said this show will bring back many memories for  her, as well.

“When I was little, I wanted to know what happened after the show ended and I was really mad not knowing what would happen. So I’m excited to see what McGuire did with her life,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval said she believes her generation had the “Golden Age” shows on Disney Channel.

“I would like to see classic characters, but a new perspective would be great as well,” Sandoval said.

Jennifer Tronti, assistant professor and program director of English, studies film literature and is interested in how the show will continue.

“Rebooting television shows is an old trend. If you go back to study mythology, everybody knew the stories. When people would go see the plays people already knew, they just wanted to see how new (actors) would play them,” Tronti said.

Disney is targeting an audience that is already established but Tronti said she was hesitant to call this show a retro show.

“They’re trying to do a show like ‘Full House’ here. I’m OK with this show, but I just don’t know the intended audience right now,” Tronti said. “There’s not enough time in between to make this show a retro nostalgia to me. They want to make a show that would be represented as the ‘old is new’ type of show.”

“Lizzie McGuire” is expected to air exclusively on Disney+ in early 2020.

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