Finally, after beating it with a stick, milking it dry and draining the life out of small children, Disney Channel has called it quits on Good Luck Charlie. A spokesperson for the network confirmed that the show will be wrapping up in early 2014.
However, as Disney’s tradition seems to be going lately, if they cancel one bad show, they have to replace it with an even worse one. And that’s just what they’re doing.
I Didn’t Do It follows the life of fraternal twins Lindy (Olivia Holt) and Logan (Austin North) as they try to survive freshman year. Each episode will start off with an obscure situation — viewers get to watch two versions of what happened from Lindy and Logan’s points of view as they try to figure out who did what. It will premiere in early 2014, just as Good Luck Charlie comes to an end. Oh, what fun!
Apparently, Disney is running out of ideas because this will be their sixth show about twins since 2002.
The show hasn’t even debuted yet, and it’s already fulfilled two of the requirements for a program that is destined to be terrible.
First requirement: Feature an over the top Disney actor and wannabe singer. Check.
Nowadays, everyone at Disney is a singer. Good Luck Charlie’s Bridgit Mendler, Shake It Up’s Zendaya Coleman and Bella Thorne, Austin and Ally’s Ross Lynch, Sonny with a Chance’s Demi Lovato, Hannah Montana’s Miley Cyrus, the list goes on and on. This show will be no exception.
Olivia Holt, who portrays Lindy Watson, has had several years of experience as an over-the-top Disney actress. She made her debut in 2010 as Kim Crawford on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It. In 2012, she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster where she managed to promote her budding “music career.” There is almost no doubt in my mind that this show will be featuring several of her upcoming songs.
Second requirement: Get picked up by Disney. Double check.
Quite frankly, Disney hasn’t been the same since the end of That’s So Raven. It’s as if they aren’t even trying anymore. The attempts at alternative humor always come up short with teenagers, but go over the heads of the young audience the show actually attracts.
The writers, producers and actors are considerably lacking. And it’s starting to seem as if casting is more concentrated on finding “attractive” actors than ones that can actually, you know, act.
Maybe I’m jumping the gun. Hopefully this show proves me wrong. But, with the seemingly inevitable lame writing and shameless self-promotion, I highly doubt that I Didn’t Do It will exceed my expectations.