A revival of the beloved teen sitcom Lizzie McGuire could be happening soon, as teased by Lizzie herself, Hilary Duff. In an era of reboots, remakes, and revivals, it’s not unusual anymore when a popular TV series makes a comeback (see: Fuller House, Charmed, and DuckTales), and Lizzie McGuire may be the next in line to make a return.
Lizzie McGuire premiered on Disney Channel in 2001 and ended on February, 2004 after a total of 65 episodes. The sitcom mixed live action with an animated version of the title character, which addressed the audience directly to share Lizzie’s thoughts and feelings. A film based on the series was released in 2003 giving a sort of closure to some of the characters, but fans may have a chance to see what they have been up to after all these years given a recent tease of a series revival.
In an interview with ET, Hilary Duff opened up about the possibility of a Lizzie McGuire revival, saying that there have been conversations, but that it’s “definitely not a go”. However, she would love to play the character again, not only because she holds a special place in her heart, but because of the importance Lizzie played during the show's run. She said:
“I mean I love her so much. I think she was so important to girls at an important time in their life. If she could be important to them again at this age, I think that would be amazing”.
The series certainly resonated with its audience, and it has potential to continue doing so with new generations. Lizzie McGuire explored many teenage-related topics - from first dates and buying your first bra to bullying and eating disorders - but the teenage days are now in the past, and Lizzie's teenage years would in the past. However, Duff believes there’s one thing Lizzie hasn’t experienced yet: motherhood. She explained that she doesn’t “think she’s a mom yet, but she might be getting there soon," adding that “it could be a possibility or it could be nothing, so we’ll see”.
After The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Duff continued with her musical career with the release of her second album, Metamorphosis, in 2003, and she appeared in the family comedy Cheaper by Dozen that same year. Since then, Duff has released three more studio albums and has appeared in various films and TV series, such as A Cinderella Story, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and Gossip Girl. She’s currently part of the main cast of the comedy-drama series Younger.
A Lizzie McGuire revival would not only be a great dose of nostalgia for many fans, but could also help clear up a few things about some characters that didn’t show up in the film - mainly Miranda Sánchez (played by Lalaine), Lizzie’s best friend who didn’t show up in the last episodes of the series, nor in the film. Hopefully, the revival will go beyond conversations and we will get an official confirmation at some point.