On the eve of Paramount+’s iCarly (2021) premiere, one can’t help but feel cheated by what could have been. Lizzie McGuire was supposed to be the grown-up reboot of a Millennial favorite serving as a new streaming service’s flagship series. Instead, Gen Z favorite iCarly gets to bring subscribers to Paramount+. That’s one victory for Gen Z over Millennials in the culture wars. And heck – iCarly is how Paramount+ won my subscription.
On August 23, 2019, the internet exploded (along with the Anaheim Convention Center) at the news – Lizzie McGuire reboot coming to Disney+ – for her now grown-up fans! Of all the originals announced for Disney+, Lizzie’s received the most fanfare. It was the most talked about new series, the most covered, and the one Millennials were most excited about. When Disney made the bewildering decision early 2020 to part ways with original creator Terri Minsky mid-production and then pause production entirely, fans felt cheated.