Disney Channels Orders Olivia Holt’s Flashback Comedy
Tagging along with the news of Girl Meets World being picked up, the Disney Channel has also ordered a series starring Kickin’ It’s Olivia Holt that will be a riskier sell to audiences, but sounds like it could be a fun, gimmicky show. If paired with Girl Meets World, I think the two could do well together. However, because the new show, I Didn’t Do It, so heavily relies on its gimmick, it could turn stale quickly. But that’s the risk of running a show with a central concept that isn’t likely to waver. It comes down to the writers finding unique ways to tell different stories every week.
In a nutshell, I Didn’t Do It centers on fraternal twins Lindy (Holt) and Logan Watson (Austin North) and their friends as freshmen in high school. Each episode will, according to THR, have a “What just happened?” situation which then splits into Lindy’s and Logan’s own versions of the event. Essentially, each episode begins at the end and then flashes back to see the different points of view its two leads. In a lot of ways, this could be a fun way to add some spice to the multicamera comedy format, but with shows like How I Met Your Mother having already explored these types of ideas for the last eight years, the pressure will be on for I Didn’t Do It to find fresh ways to tackle this gimmick.
Having the differing perspectives of Lindy and Logan will certainly help, but I don’t expect that to fix every problem that could arise. Plus, there might not be any problems at all. This is a Disney Channel series after all. It’s not like it’s expected to break new ground. It could probably milk this gimmick for years without worry.
Production is set to begin later this summer in Los Angeles with a premiere eyed for 2014. The series will also star Piper Curda, Sarah Gilman and Peyton Clark.