Meet Andi Mack. Today, Disney released the premiere of their new series online a month ahead of its TV debut.
From Terri Minsky, the comedy follows Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), “a 13-year-old girl who finds herself questioning everything she’s ever known after her older sister returns home unexpectedly.” The cast also includes Sofia Wylie, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, and Asher Angel.
In an interview with TVLine, Minsky described how the show came about:
[The network] asked me for something different. They wanted to attract an older audience. The whole thing was very flattering, because they seemed to think I could do it based on my Lizzie McGuire pilot. They just said, ‘Give us something new,’ so I pitched them this idea and they went for it immediately.”
SPOILER ALERT: In the series, it is revealed that Andi’s older sister is actually her mother. Minsky said the idea came from Jack Nicholson’s life story:
I’m kind of self conscious about saying this, but it’s based on me reading a profile on Jack Nicholson. This was his life story. He was raised thinking his mother was his sister, and he didn’t find out until later. I’m not going to represent that I know his story, but it was an idea that I heard and thought it was an interesting dynamic I might be able to explore.”
Andi Mack debuts on Disney Channel on April 7th.
You can watch the premiere episode below:
What do you think? Do you watch Disney Channel? Will you watch Andi Mack?