Netflix is stepping up its family TV ambitions with the announcement of a new live action original series, The Prince of Peoria.
The multi-camera sitcom is created by Nick Stanton and Devin Bunje, who were behind Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, with both serving as executive producers and showrunners, alongside fellow EP Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.
It follows Emil, a 13-year-old prince from a wealthy island kingdom, who travels to the USA to live incognito as an exchange student. There, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Teddy, a fastidious overachiever who is Emil’s total opposite.
Coming to America for kids? The show marks a growing focus by Netflix upon its kids and family output, with teen comedies such as Alexa & Katie and On My Block soon to land on the site. Combined with its partnership with DreamWorks Animation, Netflix’s increased push into the kid telly arena arrives as Disney (which recently ended its agreement with Netflix in the US) plans to launch its own rival subscription service, boasting a library of kids titles that will be hard to beat.