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 originally popularized in the 1970s and 80s. The series centers 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 is 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 two as Holly is cast in a musical but clashes with its 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, who is also a potential music rival and crush.
The season two 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 21 release of the first single from the show, “Be The Change”. The show premiered last fall on Hulu in the U.S. as a Hulu Original Series, and Family Channel in Canada. CBBC, the leading children’s channel in the UK, will launch season one this summer with additional market debuts set to be announced shortly, including France.
“We are delighted that Hulu recommissioned Holly Hobbie for a second season of music-driven, heart-warming adventures,” said Anthony Leo, producer, Aircraft Pictures. “It’s a privilege to be working with these best-in-class partners and it’s an incredibly exciting time for both Holly Hobbie and our dedicated cast and crew.”
Ryan Wiesbrock, Cloudco’s head of development and production, added, “Season 2 of Holly Hobbie allows us to deepen and expand Holly’s relationships with her friends and family, while throwing new characters and more original music into the mix.”
Holly Hobbie is produced by Aircraft Pictures (The Breadwinner, Bruno and 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.