Apple TV+ expands kids’ TV line-up with Doug Unplugs and Stillwater
Staff Reporter | On 20, Sep 2020
Following its 18 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and a win for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Programming for Ghostwriter, Apple TV+ is expanding its kids’ TV line-up with two new series: Doug Unplugs and Stillwater.
Apple’s growing streaming service has quickly assembled some strong family credentials, with both Peanuts and Fraggle Rock, not to mention a deal with the Maurice Sendak estate. This October, two of its launch family titles return for second seasons – Ghostwriter and Helpsters. But Apple TV+ is already looking ahead to its next homegrown children’s titles.
Hailing from DreamWorks Animation and based on Dan Yaccarino’s Doug Unplugged books, Doug Unplugs (pictured below) follows a young robot named Doug who senses there’s more to life than just the facts. While other robots plug in for their daily download, curious Doug unplugs and journeys into the human world, and with his best friend Emma, experiences its wonders firsthand. Doug Unplugs is executive produced by Jim Nolan, Aliki Theofilopoulos and Dan Yaccarino, and stars the voice talents of Brandon James Cienfuegos, Kyrie McAlpin, Eric Bauza, Mae Whitman, Leslie David Baker and Becky Robinson. It premieres on 13th November.
Based on the Scholastic book series Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth, Stillwater is produced by Gaumont and Scholastic Entertainment and centers on siblings Karl, Addy and Michael, who are typical kids with typical kid challenges – meaning that sometimes even the smallest things can feel insurmountable. Fortunately for these three, they have Stillwater, a wise panda, as their next-door neighbour. Through his example, stories and gentle humour, Stillwater gives the children a deeper understanding of their feelings as well as tools that help them face their own day-to-day challenges.
Stillwater is executive produced by Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman, Jef Kaminsky and Rob Hoegee and features the voice talents of James Sie, Eva Binder, Tucker Chandler and Judah Mackey. It will premiere on 4th December.