November has been a month of renewals, with broadcasters shoring up their offerings and giving a greenlight to female-led comedies and perennially popular genres like dance.
Disney Channel has ordered a third season of its live-action comedy Sydney to the Max ahead of its season two premiere on December 13. The 21 x 24-minute first season contrasts the daily lives of middle schooler Sydney with flashbacks of her single dad Max when he was her age. Season three will roll out in 2020. The series, aimed at kids six to 14, was created and EP’d by Mark Reisman (Frasier, Wings) and produced by Disney-owned prodco It’s a Laugh Productions (Raven’s Home, K.C. Undercover).
The kidsnet has also ordered a second season of animated fantasy-comedy The Owl House (pictured), ahead of its January 10 series premiere on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Dana Terrace (DuckTales) is the creator and executive producer for the tween-skewing show about a teenage girl who stumbles into a portal to a magical realm and pursues her dream of becoming a witch. The DisneyNOW app—which hosts Disney Junior, Disney Channel and DisneyXD shows, games and live TV content—is releasing a video game alongside its linear launch. Disney Channel and its YouTube channel will release new short films inspired by the show in the spring. No episode details have been announced yet.
Disney Junior let the dogs out, and ordered for a fourth season of Puppy Dog Pals, ahead of its season three premiere earlier on November 8. Comedian Harland Williams (Skylanders Academy) created the animated series, which revolves around excitable puppies who adventure around their neighborhood and the world. The kidsnet has not announced how many episodes the new season will have, but the first two seasons are made up of 52 x 11-minute eps. Aimed at kids two to seven, Puppy Dog Pals is produced by Burbank-based animation studio Wild Canary, in association with Disney Junior.
Nickelodeon has faith in Blue’s Clues & You! and placed a 20-episode second season order. Nick’s reboot earned the number-one preschool show spot in its first week on air earlier this month, according to the kidcaster. Josh Dela Cruz will continue hosting the live-action/animated show about solving mysteries based on the clues the animated dog Blue leaves for the host and audiences.
Nick is also grooving with a second season of its popular preschool series Ready Set Dance (15 x five minutes). Premiering in April, season two continues the show’s format of two animated hosts teaching a crew of real-life young dancers how to do a different move every episode. It is ranked number one for subscription TV program (excluding sports programs/movies) with Australian kids zero to 12, according to Nick.
CBeebies is bringing back its observational documentary series My First for a third season. Following kids two to six as they attempt new tasks for the first time, the live-action preschool show is produced by England’s MCC Media. The new 15 x 11-minute season launched exclusively on CBeebies November 25 and the show first debuted in 2015.
Finally, Australian creator Jonathan Shiff’s (H2O: Just Add Water) live-action tween-skewing series The Bureau of Magical Things is coming back for a second season. Made for Australia’s free-to-air channel Network 10, German distributor ZDF Enterprises and Nickelodeon, the new 20 x 30-minute season comes after a production investment from ZDF Enterprises, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. Combing magic, myth and mystery two show tells the story of an ordinary teenage girl caught in the middle of a battle between elves and fairies.