The long-awaited Lizzie McGuire reboot may be on hold, but that didn’t stop the cast from virtually reuniting to read an iconic episode from the original series. May 11 marked the 19th anniversary of the memorable first season episode, “Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” and was celebrated with a Zoom table read that reunited Lizzie, Miranda, Gordo and the rest of the original show’s cast.
“LIZZIE MCGUIRE retro table read!,” Hilary Duff wrote alongside the 44-minute Instagram video. “Some fun for you this Monday! Hope you guys have fun watching this! We could not stop laughing reading lines from tween us…this is the first time we were all ‘together-ish’ in almost 18 years!” She also addressed the cast’s rendition of the Disney Channel show’s theme song, writing, “Do excuse our delayed singing…we will be taking singing lessons as a group to work on our craft!!”
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Duff was joined by fellow cast members Adam Lamberg (Gordo), Lalaine (Miranda), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate), and Davida Williams (Claire). Kyle Downes, who played Larry Tudgemen in the series, filled in for Robert Carradine’s late brother, David. There was also a small animated Lizzie by Duff’s side, as seen in the OG show.
Bob Thomas—Jake’s father, who wrote a pair of Lizzie McGuire episodes in season 2—read the stage directions for the table read. Plus, show writers Nina and Jeremy Bargiel popped into the conference call to share behind-the-scenes insight on the episode. (Did you know Disney Channel only let characters say the word “bra” twice in the episode about bras?!)
The original episode premiered in 2001 and followed Lizzie and Miranda’s journey to getting their first bras. Conflict arises when Lizzie’s mom, Jo embarrasses the girls at the mall as they shop. Meanwhile, Gordo helps Matt film his entry into a content to become Jet Li’s (David Carradine) sidekick in a new action movie. At least one fellow Disney Channel alum was watching the reunion as, Vanessa Hudgens commented, “This was everything. Thank you!” alongside a rose emoji.
The virtual table read was Thomas’s idea, Duff said at the beginning of the call. None of the cast members addressed the recently suspended reboot of Lizzie McGuire for Disney+. After it was announced that the show would follow Lizzie a 30-year-old living in New York City, filming halted two episodes in. In January, Disney+ announced that series creator Terri Minsky had exited as showrunner on the project. “Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series,” said a Disney spokesperson at the time. “After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.”
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Was incredibly excited to launch ‘Lizzie’ on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her,” Duff wrote. “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. 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 ❤️.
Until we get any updates on the revived Lizzie, this virtual table read is what dreams are made of.