Netflix has ordered Alexa & Katie, an original multi-camera comedy created by Heather Wordham (Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana).
Aimed at tweens and teens, the 13-episode series follows two lifelong best friends who become outsiders during their freshman year of high school. Disney XD’s Paris Berelc (Mighty Med, Lab Rats: Elite Force) will star as Alexa, while her best friend will be played by newcomer Isabel May.
Matthew Carlson (Malcolm in the Middle) will serve as both showrunner and co-executive producer along with Wordham.
The multi-camera comedy format has been gaining traction on the SVOD, thanks to the success of tween- and teen-skewing series Fuller House and Ashton Kutcher-starring The Ranch, which bowed last year.
Scholastic’s new tween-targeted book series Upside-Down Magic has been optioned by Disney Channel for an original TV show – ahead of the books’ arrival on US shelves later this month.
The series’ first book, penned by authors Sarah Mlynowski (Whatever After), Lauren Myracle (The Winnie Years) and Emily Jenkins (Toys Trilogy), will be released on September 29. Upside-Down Magic follows the misadventures of Nory, the youngest member of a family of elite magicians, who finds herself relegated to a class for misfits after one too many magical mishaps. There, Nory meets a group of kids with equally wonky powers.