This weekend, Family Channel is giving fans a double dose of friendship, laughter and heart as the new series Holly Hobbie premieres as a two-day television event on January 12 and 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT. Inspired by the American Greetings character first introduced in 1967, the tween drama stars up-and-comer Ruby Jay as 13 year-old Holly Hobbie, an aspiring singer-songwriter who lives with her family on a farm outside small town Collinsville, U.S.A. Those who can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the show, can stream the first episode on the Family Channel App (available now on advance free preview), or visit Family Channel’s YouTube page for exclusive behind-the-scenes video content.
Filmed this summer in Hamilton and Toronto, Holly Hobbie centres around a passionate young girl who isn’t afraid to fight for causes she believes in, even if it ruffles feathers. She loves spending time with friends and family, writing songs, or riding her horse. But when Holly sees people in trouble, or wrongs that need righting, she has to step in. Both a dreamer and a doer, Holly navigates friendship, young love and family conflict with a positive attitude and authenticity. She may plan on saving the world some day, but for now she is happy to start at home.
In the series premiere, debuting on Family on Saturday, January 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT, Holly finds out that her grandma’s café might have to close for good and attempts to save it by hosting an open mic night. Then, in the second episode, on Sunday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT, Holly gets jealous when she discovers that her friends Amy (Saara Chaudry, The Breadwinner) and Piper (Kamaia Fairburn, Star Falls) are trying out for cheerleading together, so she tries to sabotage their developing friendship. Following the two-day event, new episodes of Holly Hobbie will continue to air Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT and will be available on both the Family Channel App and Family OnDemand.
Fans interested in learning more about the series and its cast, can check out Family Channel’s YouTube page for some amazing new videos! The Next Step’s Briar Nolet welcomes Ruby Jay to the ‘Family’ with an up close and personal interview, featuring rapid fire questions and a fun game of “this or that.” Meanwhile, The Next Step’s Myles Erlick shows off his vocal chops, performing alongside Ruby Jay in a collaborative cover video of the Golden Globe winning hit song “Shallow,” that no one should miss. Fans are encouraged to check back regularly, as new content will be released throughout January.
Holly Hobbie also stars Hunter Dillon (The Exorcist) as Tyler Flaherty; Charles Vandervaart (The Stanley Dynamic) as Holly’s brother Robbie Hobbie; Kate Moyer (Our House) as Holly’s sister, Heather Hobbie; Erin Karpluk (Saving Hope) as Holly’s mom, Katherine Hobbie; Evan Buliung (Reign) as Holly’s dad, Robert ‘Bob’ Hobbie; and Sara Botsford (Ride) as Holly’s grandma, Helen Hobbie.
Produced by Aircraft Pictures in association with Cloudco Entertainment with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund and Hulu Originals, Holly Hobbie is executive produced by showrunner Sarah Glinski (Degrassi: Next Class, Degrassi: The Next Generation), alongside Karen Vermeulen, Ryan Wiesbrock and Sean Gorman of Cloudco Entertainment (Tinpo, Buddy Thunderstruck and Care Bears), Matthew Wexler of Wexworks Media. (D.N.Ace, Paw Patrol) and Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures (The Breadwinner, Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall).
DHX Television’s Family Channel and Aircraft Pictures in association with American Greetings Entertainment announced today that principal photography has begun on its Holly Hobbie™ live-action series. The contemporary new tween drama, based on the American Greetings character first introduced in 1967, is being filmed in Toronto and Hamilton this month. The series makes its debut with 10 episodes in the US exclusively on Hulu this fall, followed by its Canadian debut on Family Channel. Universal Kids (US) has also purchased the linear rights for the series following its first window run on Hulu.
A dreamer and a doer, Holly Hobbie has lived her whole life in the small town of Collinsville. Holly’s a 13-year-old singer-songwriter who’s got her best friends and close-knit family by her side, but she’s dreaming of ways to save the world – even if it’s starting in her own backyard.
Cast for Holly Hobbiefeatures newcomers and notable stars including: Ruby Jay (Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy) as Holly Hobbie; Saara Chaudry (The Breadwinner, Max & Shred) as Amy Abbasi; Kamaia Fairburn (Star Falls, Odd Squad) as Piper Parish; Hunter Dillon (The Exorcist, Supernatural) as Tyler Flaherty; Charles Vandervaart (The Stanley Dynamic, Murdoch Mysteries) as Robbie Hobbie; Kate Moyer (Our House, IT) as Heather Hobbie; Erin Karpluk (Saving Hope, Being Erica) as Mrs. Hobbie; Evan Buliung (Reign, Bitten) as Mr. Hobbie; and Sara Botsford (Ride, The Lot) as Holly’s grandma, Helen Hobbie.
Holly Hobbieis produced by Aircraft Pictures, with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund. Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen(The Breadwinner, Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall) serve as producers. Karen Vermeulen, Ryan Wiesbrock and Sean Gorman of American Greetings Entertainment (Tinpo, Buddy Thunderstruck and Care Bears) and Matthew Wexler of Wexworks Media (D.N.Ace, Paw Patrol) are serving as executive producers alongside showrunner Sarah Glinski (Degrassi: Next Class, Degrassi: The Next Generation).
Aircraft Pictures (2018 Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award-nominated producers of the animated feature film “The Breadwinner”) in association with American Greetings Entertainment (creators and producers of “Buddy Thunderstruck” – the 2018 Emmy nominated stop-motion series) today announced they will be partnering to produce an all-new and contemporary scripted take on the venerable Holly Hobbie™ brand as a live-action kids series. “Holly Hobbie” will make its US debut in Fall 2018 exclusively on Hulu, followed by its debut in Canada on Family Channel.
In a first-of-its-kind co-commissioning structure, the series has also been pre-sold to leading US children’s cable outlet, Universal Kids, who will have the linear rights to the series after it streams on Hulu.
First introduced by American Greetings in 1967, Holly Hobbie is recognized worldwide as the bonneted “Blue Girl” in paintings and illustration, accumulating more than 50 years of fans and $1B in worldwide licensed product sales. This new 10 episode single-camera series, produced by showrunner Sarah Glinski (“Degrassi: Next Class”, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”), updates Holly as an aspirational, modern-day 13-year-old singer/songwriter. A dreamer and doer, Holly plans on saving the world someday but is happy to start in her own small town.
Beginning principal photography in May 2018, the new series is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund. “Holly Hobbie” Producers are Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures (“The Breadwinner”, “Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening At Macdonald Hall”) with Karen Vermeulen, Ryan Wiesbrock and Sean Gorman of American Greetings Entertainment (“Tinpo”, “Buddy Thunderstruck” and “Care Bears”) and Matthew Wexler (“D.N.Ace”, “Paw Patrol”) of Wexworks Media serving as Executive Producers alongside Sarah Glinski. In addition to Glinski, the writing team includes Courtney Jane Walker (“Degrassi: The Next Class”, “Living in Your Car”) and Cole Bastedo (“The Next Step”, “Mr. Young”).