Early this month, stand-up comic and host of the CNN "United Shades of America" W. Kamau Bell kicked off an online effort to save the only Disney Junior show that features a black female lead: "Doc McStuffins." Apparently, it was unclear whether the network planned to renew the series, and that was so not okay with Bell.
Star parents were quick to join the "Save Doc" movement, using the hashtag #RenewDocMcStuffins. Pregnant Audra McDonald shared her plea to Disney to keep what she sees as a vitally important show.
Holly Robinson Peete also shared her thoughts about how much Doc means for today's kids:
Many others voiced their concerns over the show being canceled as well.
And it seems their efforts to save the show worked...kind of. According to Entertainment Weekly, as of Wednesday, season four of "Doc McStuffins" is set to start July 29. Disney Junior even tweeted that "as long as there are toys to fix, the Doc will be in!" And here is what the company said in a statement to The Huffington Post when it reached out for a confirmation of Doc's fate:
"We have a long term content plan in place and are in production on season four which will deliver new episodes through late 2017/early 2018, bringing us to a total of 120 episodes. We will make a determination about going beyond this number of episodes at the appropriate time during the production process."
But after that, we don't yet know if season five is in the cards for Doc. Here's hoping Doc is around to help toys, and kids, feel better for a long time to come!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.