A new original series about two traveling cats has been greenlighted by the kid-focused cable channel Sprout. Variety reports that the NBCUniversal-run channel will roll out “The Ollie & Moon Show” in 2017.
The show is based on the book series from author and illustrator Diane Kredensor.
The report notes: “In the series, two animated cats travel around the world, teaching viewers about ‘the joy of unlikely friendships and global citizenship,’ the network said in a statement. The series will use art that blends live-action with 2D designs.”
Kredensor’s credits include “Pinky and the Brain” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
Variety adds: “Announcement of the series shows Sprout continuing to launch original series rather than increasing its dependence on older programming from other sources. Before NBCU bought control of the network from partners, Sprout relied heavily on old PBS Kids series like ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Caillou,’ which continue to appear on its schedule. PBS and Sesame Workshop were partners in Sprout when the network began.”
Sprout also has the originals “Nina’s World” and “Terrific Trucks” lined up, with their premieres set for 2015 and 2016, respectively.