LGBT-Inclusive “Andi Mack” Canceled

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We have some sad news for you all, as it looks like Andi Mack is no more.

The Disney Channel series, brought to us by Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, was recently announced to be canceled. The show is currently on hiatus, but Disney Channel announced yesterday that the show will return on June 21 to air its remaining episodes. Then, the show will meet its end.

As with many cancellation announcements, the fans of the series followed the news with an online hashtag, #SaveAndiMack, as an attempt to save the show.

Related: Watch Generations React To “Andi Mack’s” Coming Out Scenes

Since its premiere, Andi Mack has been known for tackling varying issues rarely seen on teens’ and kids’ television. This includes topics like anxiety attacks, teen pregnancy, and the main character being raised to think her mother was her older sister.

One other issue that led to the show trending on news sites and social media sites was the fact that one of its characters came out as gay.

In a 2017 episode, Cyrus Goodman, played by Joshua Rush, came out to one of his friends. He did so by confessing that he had a crush on another boy.

Then in an episode from earlier this year, Goodman came out to said boy by saying he was gay.

After hearing the news of its cancellation, Andi Mack creator Terri Minsky said the following:

“Andi Mack was a labor of love for a room of impassioned, inventive writers, a talented and dedicated crew, and an extraordinary, miraculous cast who inspired us all.”

She then added, “We had the honor of breaking a lot of new ground for Disney Channel. We were its first serialized show, its first series centered around an Asian-American family and its first to feature an LGBTQ character who spoke the words, ‘I’m gay.’”

“But the best part of making Andi Mack was our audience, who let us know we mattered to them. The series finale is for them.”

The weird thing about this announcement is the fact that Andi Mack was Disney Channel’s most-watched series. It’s also the highest rated series for ages 6-14.

The series also received several awards such as a Television Academy Honor, a GLAAD Media Award, a U.S. Asia Institute honor, the Common Sense Media Seal for Quality Family Programming and a Peabody Award nomination.

Despite that, Gary Marsh, the president of Disney Channel, shares that they are settled on ending the series.

“Three years ago, we challenged Terri Minsky to create a new series that expanded and broadened the Disney Channel brand. And so was born ‘Andi Mack.’ We are forever grateful to Terri, her talented team and the outstanding cast, led by Peyton Elizabeth Lee, for delivering a meaningful and satisfying conclusion to three wonderful seasons of this brilliant series.”

1 thought on “LGBT-Inclusive “Andi Mack” Canceled”

  1. I don’t watch as many Disney Channel shows as I once did since no one in my house is Disney Channel age. Five years ago, I knew the line up.

    Most Disney Channel shows do not have a long shelf life. There are many reasons. While “Andi Mack” dealt with substantial issues, as the kids get older, the shows tend to get goofier, or just plain stupid. Case in point, a show a few years back had a young actor who was probably in his twenties. He was tall, handsome, obviously worked out, and was no question an adult. He was in fear of a high school senior who looked about seventeen, no muscles, and may or may not yet shave. He was the football hero who intimidated underclassmen. Disney actors are not short on talent either. They can have absurd scripts, but they have comedic timing and can often dance. Bigger things await and some jump, and a few of the stars have probably been offered other contracts.

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