The singer-actor let fans in on the big news last August during a Disney+ event in California. “The good news is, just like me and everybody who loved Lizzie and has grown up with her, Lizzie’s also grown up,” she said. “She’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget, which is super exciting. She has her dream job. She has kind of the perfect life right now.”
But in January the show surprisingly shut down production. The show’s original creator, Terri Minsky, stepped down as showrunner, and Disney said via a spokesperson, “Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series. After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the series.”
Hilary Duff herself hasn’t said much about the shutdown—until now. On Tuesday, February 25, she posted a screenshot of a news article to her Instagram Stories about another Disney+ show, Love, Simon (based on the popular 2018 film). It read, “Love, Simon TV Show Pulled from Disney+ as It’s Not ‘Family Friendly.’” She circled the headline and wrote, “Sounds familiar….”
Of course, we can’t know exactly what Duff meant by her statement, but it’s not a huge leap to wonder if perhaps the powers-that-be felt the Lizzie McGuire reboot also wasn’t “family friendly.” We won’t know for sure unless Duff or others involved with the show choose to speak out more explicitly.
Lizzie McGuire originally aired from 2001 to 2004 and followed the life of 13-year-old Lizzie and her best friends Miranda and Gordo as they navigated teenage life. Hopefully everyone can settle their creative differences and the show will get back on track so we can see how all your favorites are navigating their thirties.