16 Hudson‘s universe is about to get a bit bigger. Vancouver and New York-based Big Bad Boo Studios has greenlit ABC with Kenny G, a 30-episode spin-off series of the animated preschool show.
Produced in partnership with Canadian kidsnets TVOKids and Knowledge Kids, the short-form series will see each episode focus on a different letter of the alphabet—following grumpy Kensington (or Kenny G), Lili’s cat on 16 Hudson, as he listens to some late night ABC tunes at the “milk and cookies” jazz club with a cast of characters.
Big Bad Boo Studios’ co-founder and president Shabnam Rezaei also serves as creator, executive producer and director on the new series. TVO’s Marney Malabar and Big Bad Boo’s Paddy Gillen oversee production. ABC with Kenny G will also feature music from Toronto-based musician Matt Davis, who worked on the music for 16 Hudson.
The spin-off will launch in 2020 in Canada with 16 Hudson partners TVOKids and Knowledge Kids, while ABC with Kenny G makes it debut on Big Bad Boo’s SVOD Oznoz in the U.S.
Earlier this year, 16 Hudson—which tracks the adventures of a group of multicultural neighbors who live in a big city building—was renewed for a second season (39 x 7 minutes) and given the go-ahead for several accompanying digital media components. According to Big Bad Boo, the show is the first of its kind to feature main characters from diverse backgrounds, as well as a character with two fathers. Partners on the series include TVOKids, Knowledge Kids, CBC Radio-Canada, ICI TV and The Shaw Rocket Fund.
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