HBO Max has greenlit a second season of Sesame Workshop’s The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (pictured). New episodes of the live-action talk show for preschoolers will premiere on WarnerMedia’s streamer this fall, featuring Elmo interviewing a fresh batch of celebrity guests with the help of the Sesame Street gang. The first 13 x 15-minute season debuted on HBO Max in May 2020.
UK pubcaster CBBC is stepping up to the mic again with a renewal for teen musical series Almost Never from Saltbeef Productions and Dynamic Television. The third season (11 x half hours) will continue the journey of a boy band struggling to make it big. Co-created by Paul Rose (Dani’s House) and Jeremy Salsby (Friday Download), the dramedy now spans 37 x half-hour episodes.
CBBC is also working with WildBrain’s Family Channel in Canada and BYUtv in the US on a second season of live-action series Malory Towers. This tween-skewing period drama from UK prodco King Bert revolves around a young girl who moves to a boarding school and has to form new friendships. Production on the next 26 episodes is set to begin this summer, with delivery slated for Q4 2021. Family Channel and CBBC first commissioned Malory Towers in July 2019.
France Télévisions, Canal+ (France) and Super RTL (Germany) have kicked off a fifth season of TeamTO/CAKE’s animated series Angelo Rules. A first Christmas comedy special will be included with the 46 x 11-minute season, and Canal+ and Super RTL both plan to air this 60-minute one-off in December. Its story sees Angelo relive the day before Christmas over and over again until he and his friends figure out how to fix things and escape the loop. Season five, meanwhile, will launch in France and Germany in 2022. Aimed at kids six to 10, Angelo Rules first premiered on Cartoon Network in 2010.