After last month’s raft of live-action renewals, broadcasters seemed to focus on adding more animation to their slates in September.
Netflix is adding to its animated preschool slate with additional episodes of London-based Unanico Studio’s non-verbal series Buddi. The streamer ordered an eight-episode second season, which launched September 11, only a few months after its debut in March. Focusing on emotional intelligence and exploring feelings, Buddi will continue following a group of friends who learn to overcome any obstacle by working together. Season two is accompanied by the IP’s first 10-minute seasonal special. Buddi is created by Jason Jameson and executive produced by Keith Chapman (PAW Patrol).
Nickelodeon has renewed animated series The Loud House and its spinoff The Casagrandes. The 26-episode sixth season of The Loud House will pick from where season five (which launched on September 11) leaves off, tracking the comedic growing pains of the Loud family siblings. The series is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and targets six- to 11-year-olds.
The kidsnet has also ordered a third season of animated comedy The Casagrandes, ahead of its season two launch on October 9. Also produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the show’s third season is in production now. Like its earlier seasons, these episodes will revolve around the story of a young girl and her big Mexican-American family. The Casagrandes debuted in 2019 and is exec produced by Michael Rubiner and Miguel Puga.
France Télévisions is greenlighting a fourth season of Paris-based GO-N’s preschool series Simon. Production will start in 2021, with delivery scheduled for summer 2022. The animated show based on books by Stephanie Blake will continue exploring young rabbit Simon’s daily adventures. Its existing seasons were picked up by Netflix globally.
CBBC is scaring up a second season of London-based Coolabi Group’s stop-motion series Scream Street (pictured). Based on a book series by Tommy Donbavand, the action-comedy centers around Scream Street’s supernatural residents. The first season (52 x 11 minutes) launched on CBBC in 2015. Showrunner Giles Pilbrow (Horrible Histories) and London-based Factory Create (Clangers) are co-producing the new 26 x 11-minute season.