Are schools starting? Aren’t they? Starting then shutting down again? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. In the meantime, there’s a series coming up that will remind kids of all the weirdos they love and miss every day. Gabby Duran and The Unsittables S1 on Disney Channel (DStv 303) centres on 13-year-old Gabby (Kylie Cantrall) who winds up babysitting a series of alien children – who’re hiding on Earth disguised as humans – thanks to her school’s Principal Swift (Nathan Lovejoy) who’s also an alien (as are most school principals, really). The series is based on the Gabby Duran books (four of them so far, published since 2015) by writers Elise Allen and Daryle Conners.
Kylie hasn’t read the Gabby Duran books. But don’t worry – she didn’t skip her homework project. “I was told by the producers that I shouldn’t read the book because they changed the show from what the novel actually was. In the novel, Gabby Duran is a really goody-two-shoes who is great at her job. But in the TV show, they spin the script and make it where Gabby is a little bit of a troublemaker. She is still respectful and very polite, but she likes to bend the rules a little bit. And she’s not always great at her job, but at the end of the day, she always finds a way to save the day,” reveals Kylie. Kylie loves Gabby’s confidence and her ability to just be herself, no matter what situation she’s in.