In a statement on Instagram Friday, Hillary Duff called on Disney to move the planned “Lizzie McGuire” revival from Disney+ to Hulu.
The series, a revival of the Disney Channel sitcom that launched Duff’s career, was put on hiatus last month after showrunner Terri Minsky exited the series over creative differences with the streamer. Minsky explained her exit in a recent interview with Variety, saying that her plan to make the show more “mature” didn’t fit with the family-friendly Disney+ brand.
Duff’s post backed Minsky’s original vision, suggesting that Disney should move the show to sister streaming network Hulu where it wouldn’t run up on the same content restrictions. The “Love, Simon” spinoff series “Love, Victor” recently made the same jump for much the same reasons.
“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,” Duff wrote in her post. “It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable. 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.”
Disney+ did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.
“I am so proud of the two episodes we did,” Minsky said in the Variety interview. “Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It’s a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing.”
Announced to much fanfare at the Disney+ unveiling event last year, the new “Lizzie McGuire” was set to pick up with the character about to turn 30. Per the original series description, “She seemingly has it all – her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City Interior Designer, her dream guy and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment – but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her old friends and some new ones to come, her well-meaning family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.”
In addition to Duff, much of the original show’s cast was set to return for the revival, includin Adam Lamberg, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas.