From a media release:
Shaftesbury, the award-winning production company behind the global hit TV seriesÂ Murdoch Mysteries, is expanding theÂ Shaftesbury KidsÂ production and developmentÂ slate to include four new series:Â Mary and Flo: On the Go!, Life With Luca, MiikshiÂ andÂ Stinky Science.Â This ambitious slate, led by Jennifer McCann, Executive Producer, Shaftesburyâ€™s Kids and Family, has united key creatives from across Canada and established virtual writersâ€™ rooms for each series.
About the four new series:
Life With LucaÂ – (26 x half hrs) â€“Â Life With LucaÂ is a live-action spin-off comedy series based on the long-running hitÂ Life with Derek. The series picks up 15 years later,Â as Derek and his â€œType Aâ€ personality daughter Skyler prepare to move in with aunt Casey and her extended family. What makes things complicated is that Derekâ€™s daughter is way more like her aunt, and Caseyâ€™s â€œType Zâ€ personality son way more like his uncle. As Derek and Caseyâ€™s stepsibling dynamics are reignited,Â Skyler tries to adjust to her new life with an aunt she barelyÂ knows and FOUR cousins. But the biggest adjustment of all will be living with Luca, a charming yet rebellious prankster. The series is being developed with funding assistance from the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Canada Media Fund.
Stinky ScienceÂ (26 x 3 mins) â€“ In pre-production. With animation from Smiley Guy Studios, this smart and gleefully gross series explores the science behind why things stink. Vibrant animation, loveable characters, smelly songs and stink-loads of comedy blend together in this magazine-style show, produced, performed and hosted by the characters from the acclaimedÂ Stinky ScienceÂ books written by Ed Kay with illustrations by Mike Shiell. The series is being produced with funding assistance from the Shaw Rocket Fund.
Mary and Flo: On the Go!Â (9 x 7-mins)Â â€“Â Inspired by Shaftesbury seriesÂ Frankie Drake Mysteries,Â with animation by Smiley Guy Studios,Â this animated series is currently in production and follows beloved characters Mary and Flo as they travel the world encountering famous women and men of the 1920s. Part buddy caper, part history lesson, these two fearless heroines solve problems, resolve mysteries and help people everywhere with a healthy dose of girl-power to fuel their adventures. The series was co-created by its two stars Rebecca Liddiard (Mary) and Sharron Matthews (Flo) along with Carmen Albano (Detention Adventure).Â The series is being produced with funding assistance from the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Canada Media Fund.
MiikshiÂ – (10 x 7 mins) -Â In pre-production.Â From creators Lindsay and Justin Lee,Â MiikshiÂ follows the adventures of a shy but genius sheep scientist who saves the world one day at a time… quietly. Using her quick, resourceful mind and scientific smarts, this live-action puppet series provides a strong and unique female role model for a generation of STEAM-loving kids. The series is brought to life through hand puppets and model miniature effects. The series isÂ being produced with funding assistance of theÂ Independent Production Fund and the Shaw Rocket Fund.
Shaftesbury has released its full library of new and legacy kids programming on the Shaftesbury KidsÂ YouTube channel, to provide families with free and easy access to entertaining and educational content. Some of these series are also available on CBC Gem and Citytv in Saskatchewan. The programming available includesÂ The SolutioneersÂ (released Monday, March 30, with new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday),Â Life with DerekÂ (all four seasons on CBC Gem) as well as the all-new series,Â ClearWaterKids Challenge, also launching on CBC Gem in May.