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What broadcasters renewed in April

Second seasons are all the rage as broadcasters re-up DIY crafts, time-travel mysteries and Molly of Denali.
May 3, 2021

Disney Channel is taking another trip to Sulphur Springs. The kidcaster has ordered a second season of time-travel mystery The Secrets of Sulphur Springs (pictured, middle), a live-action adventure series that tells the story of a family that takes over an abandoned hotel, only to find out it’s haunted and contains a portal to the past. Production is scheduled to begin in June, but there’s no news yet on an episode count or air date for season two, which will be exec produced by Tracey Thomson and Charles Pratt Jr. The show’s first season debuted in February on Disney Channel and Disney+.

Netflix is all aboard a third season of Mighty Express that launched on April 13. The CG-animated adventure series for preschoolers premiered in 2020, and is Spin Master’s first wholly owned franchise. Animated by Vancouver-based Atomic Cartoons, the eight x 14-minute third season tracks a group of kids running a train station and solving problems with the titular train engine.

PBS KIDS and Boston pubcaster GBH have ordered a second season of Molly of Denali (pictured, right), which GBH co-produces with Atomic CartoonsThe new 2D-animated eps (23 x 30 minutes) will follow Alaska Native Molly as she learns about her culture and goes on a variety of fresh adventures. PBS KIDS will also roll out new digital games, educational resources and podcast content. Targeting four- to eight-year-olds, Molly of Denali‘s first season was commissioned in 2019 by PBS KIDS, GBH and Canadian pubcaster CBC, which is not yet on board for the second season.

Canada’s TVOKids has greenlit Bristow Global Media’s live-action musical series Backyard Beats (pictured, left) for another 26 x 11-minute season. The show targets a six-to-nine audience, and stars a host who teaches kids how to make instruments out of various household items. It premiered in May 2020, and season two is scheduled for fall 2021.

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