From a media release:
Make-believe comes to life onÂ Family Jr.Â when the networkâ€™sÂ newest showÂ PlaydateÂ debuts onÂ Saturday, October 3. A mix of live-action and skilled puppeteering, the new Canadian Original series features the unexpected adventures four stuffed animals encounter when their owners leave them unattended. With exciting escapades waiting at every turn, Family Jr. will premiereÂ six new episodesÂ over the course of the weekend â€“ four on Saturday, October 3 and two onÂ Sunday, October 4. Beginning atÂ 9:55 a.m. ETÂ on Saturday,Â PlaydateÂ will air before and after the brand-new specialÂ Thomas & Friends: Sodorâ€™s Legend of the Lost Treasure, as well as surrounding new episodes ofThe Save-Ums!, Topsy & Tim, Julius Jr.Â and leading into the network premiere of the animated filmÂ Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey.Â
PlaydateÂ beautifully captures the magical idea that children believe their toys come to life when theyâ€™re not around. Meet Mac, Sammy, Priscilla and Buckie â€“ the beloved stuffed animals of Jacob and his friends who venture out on their own playtime adventures when the children are away. They do their best to complete the kidsâ€™ playtime adventures but usually end up causing some kind of mess or chaos along the way. Since the kids can never know their toys come to life, Mac, Sammy, Priscilla and Buckie have to finish their escapades before the kids come back and make sure theyâ€™re exactly where they started off. Luckily, Norman, the family dog, makes the perfect fall guy for any of their hijinks.
PlaydateÂ stars newcomer Aidan Wojtak-Hissong as Jacob; Millie Davis (Odd Squad,Â Orphan Black) as Molly; Scarlett Dovey (This is Scarlett and Isaiah) as Gwen; and Nirvaan Kwan as Enzo. Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) plays Jacobâ€™s Mom; Second City alum Jayne Eastwood plays Grandma and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyways?) plays the role of Grandpa.
Commissioned by DHX Television,Â PlaydateÂ was created by Dina and Frank Meschkuleit. Frank is one of Canadaâ€™s premier puppeteers with a wealth of knowledge having worked on popular kids programs includingÂ Fraggle Rock,Â Toopy and BinooÂ andÂ The Mighty Jungle. The series was developed by J.J. Johnson and Christin Simms and is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment.