Disney Channel has given the green light to a single-camera comedy from Terri Minsky, creator of the channel’s first blockbuster original series Lizzie McGuire. Executive produced by Minsky and Michelle Manning (Disney Channel’s Adventures In Babysitting, Teen Beach 2), the untitled comedy pilot will star young actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee. Like Lizzie McGuire‘s Hilary Duff, Lee has just a couple of smaller credits to her résumé, so this could be a star-making role for her the way Lizzie was for Duff.
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. Like other cable networks that had built their original comedy brand on multi-camera comedies, including ABC Family and TV Land, Disney Channel has been making a shift from multi-camera to single-camera comedy over the past year. The network recently ordered its first single-camera comedy since the 2009 Jonas, the upcoming Stuck In The Middle.
In addition to Lizzie McGuire, for which she was a WGA Award nominee, Minsky created ABC’s Less Than Perfect and The Geena Davis Show and most recently developed Finding Carter for MTV.