Andi Mack Disney Channel

Disney Channel, Lizzie McGuire Creator Reunite for Coming-of-Age Comedy

To paraphrase onetime Italian pop-star Lizzie McGuire, this forthcoming collaboration is what dreams are made of.

Disney Channel has ordered to series Andi Mack, a new coming-of-age comedy from Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, it was announced Friday.

The single-camera sitcom — which marks Minsky’s first project at the cable network since the Hilary Duff vehicle came to an end in February 2004 — will chronicle the life of Andi Mack (newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee), a tween whose life is turned upside down when unpredictable older sister Bex (Zombie Apocalypse‘s Lilan Bowden) returns home and forces her to question everything she’s ever known.

In addition to Lee and Bowden, the ensemble also features Friends vet Lauren Tom (aka Julie) as Andi’s mother Celia, The Lion Guard‘s Joshua Rush as Cyrus and erstwhile Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn guest star Asher Angel as Jonah Beck. Production is scheduled to begin in Salt Lake City this fall, while the series is penciled in for a 2017 premiere.

Intrigued by Disney Channel’s latest pickup? Has Minsky’s creative voice been missing from the kiddie net’s slate of original programming? Sound off below.

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  1. Kate says:

    I’m definitely intrigued by the pick up but seeing as Disney Channel/Family Channel (I’m Canadian) is something I haven’t watched regularly since the Lizzie McGuire days I don’t know how eager I am to check it out. But Lizzie McGuire was a favourite show of mine growing up and I’m excited for the new generation that they will hopefully love in the same way.

  2. Kate says:

    Sorry I’m making a small edit to my comment “I’m excited for the new generation and hopefully they’ll love this in the same way”

  3. steven says:

    This must be their first single-camera show since Life with Derek.

  4. Jason says:

    The twist is one of characters is gay. A first for Disney

    • johnhelvete says:

      I think the twist is fairly obvious from the logline. I am curious how that will play out in the series.

    • Mark says:

      It always interests me how gay females are more accepted for mainstream television over gay males. The HIgh School Musical spinoff was going to have the first openly gay character with the boy from Ugly Betty but it never got picked up. I was sad because Ms. Darbus is the best character in that franchise.