Disney calls for more of its live-action hits; Nickeloden continues to bank on well-known brands and influencer-led content, while international broadcasters mix it up a bit.
Growing its lineup of original shows, Disney+ is renewing High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (pictured) for a second season. One of the SVOD’s first original titles, the live-action mockumentary show follows the East High drama students as they get ready to perform a musical. While season one featured a the cast readying a stage version of High School Musical, season two will feature Beauty & The Beast. Scheduled to air at the end of the year, the show is created and executive produced by Tim Federle.
On the House of Mouse’s linear side, Disney Channel has greenlit a fifth season of the live-action series Bunk’d. Executive produced by Erin Dunlap (Andi Mack, Jessie) the comedy is about three kids who go to summer camp for the first time. Bunk’d is created by Pamela O’Connell and began as a spinoff of the channel’s live-action series Jessie, and has become the channel’s number one show for kids six to 11, according to Disney. Production begins this fall.
Banking on YouTuber-led content, Nickelodeon has renewed Pocket.watch’s preschool series Ryan’s Mystery Playdate for a third season. The new 20 episodes will feature YouTuber Ryan (24.1 million subscribers) and his family as they take on challenges and solve puzzles to reveal celebrity playdates. Shortly after the show’s premiere last April, the kidsnet greenlit it for a second season. The series is a big ratings driver for Nick and was the number-one preschool series on all TV for 2019, according to Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon also let the dogs out and ordered a sixth season (26 x half-hours) of Spin Master’s popular preschool series PAW Patrol, which will see the hero pups continue to fight against villainy. The new season comes as Toronto-based Spin Master and Nickelodeon are throwing the popular brand a feature film bone, with PAW Patrol The Movie set to hit theaters August 2021.
Utah-based network BYUtv and Canadian kidsnets TVOkids and Knowledge Network have commissioned marblemedia’s second season of it unscripted live-action series All-Round Champion, ahead of its season one premiere. Launching on both networks in March, and on Canada’s Knowledge Network this summer, this sports competition show from the Toronto prodco tracks kids 12 to 15 who test their skills in a different sport every episode. In the second season the action turns to winter sports, and in the 11 x 60-minute second season the tweens will compete to be named the All-Round Champion. The show is adapted from the Norwegian format Best i Mest created by national broadcaster NRK and prodco Beta Film.
UK broadcaster Channel 5′s preschool block Milkshake! has greenlit Manchester prodco Hoopla’s 2D-animated series Daisy & Ollie for a third and fourth season. The 52 x seven minute episodes in season three will launch on Milkshake! beginning March 30. The preschool series is about best friends who seek out answers to real life questions from kids with the help of music, songs and toys.