After a dynamite year for nostalgia, Disney Channel is continuing the trend into the new year.
Starting January 1, 2017 at 8 a.m., Disney Channel will air the pilot episodes of more than 30 past and present series, including Even Stevens, The Proud Family, and Kim Possible. Disney Channel PR announced the news Monday (December 19) on Instagram, showing all the series in the lineup.
A large majority of these shows have been off the air for over a decade, with little to no luck of reruns airing — even during the 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. time slot. So it's fantastic the network is honoring many of its lost or forgotten series in this way. However, I hope they (finally) air the never-before-seen Phil of the Future pilot in addition to the canonical one.
Pilots are interesting things. Since a show's just getting started, writers are trying to develop the characters, which is why many of them drastically change how they were initially presented in the pilot. For example, Clayton Snyder, who played Lizzie McGuire dreamboat and airhead Ethan Craft, told MTV News in 2015 that his character "was a bully for the first couple episodes" and later "subtly or not shifted to become the heartthrob and was more lovable."
We can't wait to enjoy the new year by living in past. Check out the full schedule lineup here.