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Exclusive first look at the new trailer for CBC Gem’s Overlord and the Underwoods

Premiering on October 29th on CBC Gem, Overlord and the Underwoods is going to be the next big hit in family television. It has a stellar comedic tone, features a diverse and wickedly talented cast, and is truly unlike anything else on the TV right now.

We’re thrilled to be the very first to exclusively share the new trailer – take a look!

The show follows the Underwoods, a North American family, whose life is turned upside down when their distant cousin, Overlord, the second most-wanted villain in the universe, seeks refuge in their home after being forced into intergalactic witness protection. After snitching out his boss, the evil Colossatrotus, Overlord is sent to live with his incredibly nice, only known family on Planet Earth.

Over the course of the series, the evil Overlord and the very sweet Underwoods discover a thing or two about each other as they learn to treasure the value of family and the importance of true friendship, diversity, and compassion.

The show stars Patrice Goodman, Darryl Hinds, Ari Resnick, Kamaia Fairburn, Jayne Eastwood, introducing Troy Feldman, and award-winning Canadian icon Jann Arden as the voice of “RO-FL”.

The first 10 episodes drop on CBC Gem next Friday, October 29. The remaining episodes will premiere in early 2022.

Produced by marblemedia and CloudCo Entertainment, this original live-action comedy comes from award-winning Canadian writer/director/showrunner and co-creator Anthony Q. Farrell (NBC’s The Office) and co-creator Ryan Wiesbrock (Buddy Thunderstruck, Holly Hobbie).

Academy Award™ winner FX specialist Roger Christian, who brought you some of your favourite FX masterpieces from “Alien” and “Star Wars”, created the character design for this series.

Can’t wait for this one!


Family Channel’s Holly Hobbie renewed for Season 2

From a media release:

Aircraft Pictures(2018 Academy Award®and Golden Globe Award-nominated producers of the animated feature film The Breadwinner) in association with Cloudco Entertainment (creators and producers of Care Bears: Unlock the Magic)announced today that leading US premium streaming service Hulu has commissioned a second season of the original live-action series Holly Hobbie. Production on the 10-episode order is currently underway in Toronto, with the second season slated to debut on Hulu later this year and on Family Channel in Canada.

Holly Hobbie is a modern revival of the classic, girls’ character brand which was hugely popular in the 1970s and 80s.  The series centres on 14-year-old Holly Hobbie, played by Ruby Jay (Tangled: The Series and CBS’s upcoming primetime comedy The Unicorn),a small-town girl with a big heart and even bigger dreams. Holly’s a singer-songwriter who saves her grandmother’s Calico Café by starting open mic nights and performing original songs to bring her community together.  Holly’s world – and her songwriting – evolves in Season 2 as Holly is cast in a musical  but clashes with its challenging director (Jake Epstein; Degrassi: The Next Class and Designated Survivor), and sparks fly with the arrival of the talented Oscar (Tomaso Sanelli; Titans and Suits), a contemporary of Holly’s who is also a potential music rival and crush.

The season 2 order comes on the heels of an announcement from the Warner Music Group securing the rights to the original music from both seasons of the series and its June 21strelease of the first single from the show, “Be The Change”. The show premiered last autumn on Hulu in the US as a Hulu Original Series, and Family Channel in Canada. CBBC, the leading children’s channel in the UK, will launch the show’s Season 1 this summer with additional market debuts set to be announced shortly including another major market, France.

Holly Hobbie is produced by Aircraft Pictures (The Breadwinner, Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall) in association with Cloudco Entertainment (Care Bears: Unlock The Magic, Tinpo) and Wexworks Media (D.N.Ace, Paw Patrol) with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund.  Sarah Glinski (Degrassi: Next Class, Degrassi: The Next Generation) returns as showrunner.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Link: Being Erica star Erin Karpluk is a mother of three in Family Channel’s Holly Hobbie

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: Being Erica star Erin Karpluk is a mother of three in Family Channel’s Holly Hobbie
For some Canadian TV viewers, Erin Karpluk will forever be known as the young woman coming to terms with herself with the help of an unconventional therapist in the comedy-drama Being Erica.

In the new Family Channel series Holly Hobbie (debuting Saturday at 11:30 a.m.) Karpluk is the one offering guidance as the mother of the lead character, 13-year-old Holly. Continue reading. Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Family Channel kicks off 2019 with must-see series Holly Hobbie

From a media release:

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).Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Production commences on Holly Hobbie™

From a media release:

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™Â 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 Hobbie features 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 Hobbie is 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).Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail