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What got renewed in May?

Future presidents and rubbish worlds snag second seasons, while perennial preschool faves in Asia and Russia are returning for more.
June 1, 2020

Disney+

The streamer is renewing its original scripted series Diary of a Future President for a second season. The show follows the adventures of a middle-schooler’s adventures navigating the ups and downs of growing up as she begins her journey to become the future president of the US. 

Disney+ ordered 10 new episodes that it will stream exclusively, although no expected delivery date has been announced yet. The first season launched in January, and is the most recent Disney+ original to get more content following the streamer’s renewal of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series back in February.

Produced by CBS Television Studios and Gina Rodriguez’s I Can & I Will Productions (Carmen Sandiego), Rodriguez, creator Illana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Keith Heisler and Molly Breeskin are its executive producers, while Peña and Heisler are also co-showrunners on the live-action comedy.

CITV

UK kids channel CITV has renewed The Illuminated Film Company’s The Rubbish World of Dave Spud for a second season, which will be delivered in 2020/2021. First launched last September, the animated series targets six to 11s and is about the comedic escapades of a no-nonsense family.

Director Edward Foster created the series, with Iain Harvey producing it. CITV’s director of digital channels Paul Mortimer commissioned the new 52 episodes.

Mediacorp 

Singaporean broadcaster MediaCorp has commissioned a fifth season (60 x 11 minutes) of Omen Studios’ animated preschool series Counting With Paula (pictured). Bringing the show’s total episode count to 300, the new eps will air on MediaCorp’s Channel 5 and VOD platform MeWatch. The Singaporean studio’s new CGI-animated episodes are in production and set to be delivered this December.

The show tracks six-year-old Paula and her friends as they learn and grow their numeracy, literacy and social skills.

Kinopoisk

Russian SVOD platform Kinopoisk has renewed animation studio Riki Group’s 2D-animated series Kikoriki for a third season.

The first of the new 52 x 11-minute episodes premiered exclusively on the platform May 18. It’s been 10 years since the launch of season two. The comedy series, which originally premiered in 2008, is aimed at kids three to eight and is about a group of friends who are eager to jump into new adventures.

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