Friday, 13 November 2015

Disney Channel Orders "Andiland" Comedy Pilot From 'Lizzie McGuire' Creator Terri Minsky: Picked Up, Now Called "Andi Mack"

UPDATE: Disney Channel has given a series order to "Andi Mack". The show will begin production later this year in Salt Lake City for a 2017 premiere.

Milestone! The first script read-through for the great cast of #AndiMack, a series created by Terri Minsky. #DisneyChannel

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Disney Channel has given a pilot order to an untitled single-camera comedy created by Terri Minsky, who also created one of the channel's first blockbuster original series Lizzie McGuire.

Young newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee has been cast as the pilot's lead. Similarly, Hilary Duff had few acting credits to her name when she was cast as Lizzie McGuire which turned out to be her breakout role.

The story introduces Andi Marcus (Lee) as she's about to celebrate her 13th birthday. she's eager to have a little teenage fun and adventure - just a little - but that might never happen because her strict mother is doing everything in her power to keep Andi from turning out like her older sister, Bex. As a teenager, Bex dropped out of school, left home and now, in her late 20s, still doesn't know what she wants out of life. But when Bex returns home and swears she is ready to get her life together, Andi's life is turned upside down and she's left questioning everything she's ever known.

Production on the pilot will begin in early 2016 in consideration for a series pick-up for 2016-17. Disney Channel, among many other cable outlets like TV Land and TBS which have built their original series slates with multi-camera comedies, will now make a greater push into single-camera shows.

The shift has taken place over the past development year and has led to the network ordering its first single-camera comedy series Stuck in the Middle, since the 2009 Jonas series. Additionally, Disney Channel also has musical buddy comedy Bizaardvark on deck for 2016.

Disney Channel initially found success in single-camera comedy programming during the early days with programs such as Lizzie McGuire, The Famous Jett Jackson and Even Stevens proving to be popular among viewers before That's So Raven ushered a new, multi-camera era for the network which has remained ever since.

The pilot will be executive produced by Minsky and Michelle Manning (Disney Channel's original movies Further Adventures in Babysitting and Teen Beach 2).

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