Viacom's Nickelodeon (DStv 305) has ordered a first season of new series Star Falls with a 20-episode order and has also renewed its robot teen girl series I Am Frankie for a second season.
The new Star Falls, created by George Doty IV, and set to start in 2018, will revolve around a strong-willed teenager, Sophia Miller (Siena Agudong), who convinces a Hollywood movie star and his family to live in her house while he shoots a movie in their town, all with the hopes of setting him up with her mom.
Everyone's lives are hilariously turned upside down as the kids struggle to help their parents find love and adjust to what could be their new life. It’s slated to premiere in 2018.
The cast consists of Kamaia Fairburn as Diamond Brooks, Tomaso Sanelli as Nate Rex, Jadiel Dowlin as Phoenix Brooks and Marcus Cornwall as Bo Brooks.
"Star Falls tells the irresistible story of two girls, one from Hollywood and one from a small town, whom despite their differences, find fun, adventure and sisterhood when they set up their parents," says Bronwen O'Keefe, the senior vice president for live action and movies at Nickelodeon.
"It's a classic buddy comedy that delivers on the insight that family really is at the core of what makes today's kids happy. The series brings to life two strong female characters at the center who are bold, brave, funny and full of heart."
Meanwhile I Am Frankie with Alex Hook as Frankie Gaines has been renewed for a second season.
Frankie looks like any other human girl, but has a secret - she's a computer and android. The first season is just starting on Nickelodeon in South Africa and Africa.
In the second season of I Am Frankie on Nickelodeon, Frankie will finally start fitting in and exploring what it means to be human with the help of her best friend, Dayton (Nicole Alyse Nelson).
Things will quickly become complicated when a new android arrives at Sepulveda High and the world learns that androids exist. Meanwhile Frankie must struggle to keep her true identity a secret and keep her friends and family safe.
"I Am Frankie delivers a great balance of relatable characters navigating the often confusing but totally authentic experiences of adolescence, set in a context of high tech, high stakes stories," says Bronwen O'Keefe.
"The fantasy fulfilling notion of having android capabilities, while still yearning for human emotion resonated with our audience and kept them coming back night after night. Season two will introduce new androids, new threats, new crushes and a lot of new adventures."