Grandma is mad. Her grown daughter, Bex, who got pregnant as a teenager, just blazed back into town and let a big secret slip. Grandma had raised 13-year-old Andi to believe that Bex was her older sister. Well, the truth is a tad more complicated.The Asian Alex Mack, now totally debased. Hollywood hear the Asian complains and made them the vanguard of degeneracy.
Meanwhile, Andi’s school life is only a little less unsettling. A boy is coming to terms with his sexuality. And Andi has her own budding love life to consider.
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Hang on to your mouse ears: Disney Channel — land of safe, sweet sitcoms — is exploring this charged terrain with “Andi Mack,” a comedic drama aimed at children 6 to 14 and their parents.
While it is just one show, it represents a startling new direction for the squeaky-clean network, whose ratings are decaying as children, reaching puberty earlier and raised on the oh-so-cool Netflix, gravitate to live-action programming with more edge and authenticity.
Alex Mack was a show that ran from 1994 to 1998. One generation ago. This is what was shopped to children then:
Alex Mack is an ordinary teenage girl, living with her parents, George and Barbara, and older sister, Annie, in the corporate town of Paradise Valley. While walking home after her first day of junior high school, she is nearly hit by a truck from a chemical plant, and during the incident, she is drenched with a top-secret chemical called GC-161. She soon discovers that it gave her strange powers. These include telekinesis, the ability to zap bolts of electricity from her fingers, and the capacity to morph into a mobile puddle of water. However, her powers prove to be unpredictable (such as when her skin starts glowing brightly while she's nervous). She confides only in Annie and her best friend, Ray, choosing to keep her powers a secret from everyone else, including her parents, for fear of what the chemical plant CEO, Danielle Atron, will do to her if she finds out.What do Disney executives think about these days?
“I know I can’t go to the hugely dramatic space,” said Gary Marsh, president of Disney Channels Worldwide. “I can’t go to the sexual space. I can’t go horror. Where can I go that would elevate the content and get people talking about us in a way that is different from the way they talk about us normally?”And midway through we get to the truth:
Sitting in his office here, amid mementos from glory-days hits like “High School Musical,” Mr. Marsh mused about breakthrough shows for adults like “Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix and “The Walking Dead” on AMC.
“There has to be an equivalent in our space,” he said. “Stories that matter, that deal with more complex issues, that are emotional, resonate longer. They stick to your guts.”
The internet has created more curious and progressive kids. That has led to what the industry calls “age compression” — getting older younger. At the same time, Netflix in many ways has become the go-to outlet for families. YouTube has also had an enormous impact.Ah, so they've finally figured out the Alt-Right. By the time you are 20 years old you are ranting about dyscivic filth on Disney.
Free idea for Disney. A bunch of nerdy guys find a magical frog...
This is the perfect moment for a rebooted Alex P. Keaton. Parents are total SJWs. Sister is a militant feminist. 2017 Alex is anonymous by day at school, but a shitlord online. The first episode involves the school wanting to throw him out of school because he's caught drawing "Nazi frogs" in his notebook. His parents are disturbed, but also upset that their son could be kicked out of school for such nonsense. After son gets off, parents are driving him home in the car, lecturing him about his nonchalant attitude. As son stares at the city skyline passing by, lost in thought, he says plainly, "I knew I wouldn't get suspended. This is Trump's America now."
Clockboy, trans bathrooms, a comedy goldmine awaits.