“Andi Mack,” a coming-of-age dramedy that airs on the Disney Channel, will soon go where no tween sitcom has gone before.
The series — which premiered in March to critical acclaim — will feature a story arc in Season 2 that follows the coming-out of 13-year-old Cyrus, the best friend of the title character.
“‘Andi Mack’ is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are,'” a Disney Channel spokesperson told the Daily News in a statement. “(Creator) Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”
The popular show follows Andi, a 13-year-old whose life is turned upside down when she discovers that her older sister, Bex, is actually her mother.
The first season focused largely on Andi’s relationship with Bex, but also highlighted her longtime crush on a classmate named Jonah.
In the Season 2 premiere, audiences will see Cyrus (played by Joshua Rush) grapple with the fact that, he, too, has feelings for Jonah.
The rest of the season will follow Cyrus on his path to self-acceptance and all that comes with it, including telling his friends and breaking the news to his girlfriend.
Cyrus, played by Joshua Rush, will grapple with his feelings for Jonah, his best friend Andi’s crush.
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GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis praised the show’s upcoming story arc in a statement to Deadline.
“With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, ‘Andi Mack’ is reflecting the lives and lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country,” she said. “Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus’ story unfold.
“Andi Mack” follows the lead of ABC’s ’80s-set sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” which featured a teenager coming out in its Season 4 premiere.
The storyline is groundbreaking, but it won’t feature Disney’s first gay character — in a February episode of the Disney XD animated series “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” two men can be seen kissing in the crowd at a concert.
Nickelodeon, meanwhile, introduced a same-sex married couple in July on the animated comedy “The Loud House.”