Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky is returning to Disney Channel’s lineup with Andi Mack. The network has picked up to series the pilot, starring 12-year-old newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee. Created and executive produced by Minsky, Andi Mack begins production this fall in Salt Lake City, UT, for a 2017 premiere on Disney Channel.
The single-camera family series centers around Andi (Lee) as she’s about to celebrate her 13th birthday. However, when her capricious older sister Bex returns home with the hope of getting her life together, Andi’s life is turned upside down and she is left questioning everything she’s ever known.
Also starring are Lilan Bowden (Zombie Apocalypse) as Andi’s sister Bex, Lauren Tom (The Joy Luck Club, Friends) as Andi’s mother Celia, Joshua Rush (Disney’s The Lion Guard) as Cyrus and Asher Angel (Jolene) as Jonah Beck.
“As a writer and creative force, Terri Minsky has a one of a kind voice that resonates with our audience, making them laugh and cry in the same scene with dialogue and storytelling that always feels honest,” said Adam Bonnett, EVP Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. “When Terri created Lizzie McGuire, she helped put Disney Channel on the map with a character that our audience could identify with and we look forward to introducing Andi to a new generation of kids and tweens.”
About her return to Disney Channel, Minsky said, “I could have done this show any number of places, but the only one where it would really matter is Disney Channel.” Regarding casting Lee, she added, “Andi only existed as words on a page until Peyton Lee walked into the room. I will never forget the magic of that moment – to meet the character I wrote. Actually, it wasn’t until I met Peyton that I really knew who Andi was.”
In addition to Lizzie McGuire, for which she was a WGA Award nominee, Minsky created the series Less Than Perfect and The Geena Davis Show for ABC and most recently developed Finding Carter for MTV. Two-time Emmy winner, Betty Thomas directed the pilot, and Michelle Manning will serve as an executive producer.