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Netflix taps Disney talent for new original tween series

Created by Hannah Montana producer Heather Wordham and featuring Disney XD's Paris Berelc (pictured), Alexa & Katie represents the SVOD's push into more multi-camera comedies.
April 10, 2017

Netflix has ordered Alexa & Katie, an original multi-camera comedy created by Heather Wordham (Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana).

Aimed at tweens and teens, the 13-episode series follows two lifelong best friends who become outsiders during their freshman year of high school. Disney XD’s Paris Berelc (Mighty MedLab Rats: Elite Force) will star as Alexa, while her best friend will be played by newcomer Isabel May.

Matthew Carlson (Malcolm in the Middle) will serve as both showrunner and co-executive producer along with Wordham.

The multi-camera comedy format has been gaining traction on the SVOD, thanks to the success of tween- and teen-skewing series Fuller House and Ashton Kutcher-starring The Ranch, which bowed last year.

The Alexa & Katie greenlight also represents Netflix aging up from its raft of original kids fare that includes Spirit Riding Free, which is set to launch next month.

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Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's Online Writer. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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