Netflix Inc, the world’s leading Internet television network, is adding two new live-action titles to its ever-expanding lineup of original series for older kids. Premiering in 2017, the untitled House Mystery project and The Worst Witch bring tenacious girls front and center in two different coming-of-age stories. Both shows will follow their leading ladies as they deal with life’s challenges and learn how to channel the feeling of failure into empowering self-discovery. This is all part of an ongoing initiative orchestrated by Netflix, which is explained in the following statement made by Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids Content for Netflix:
Our mission of creating stories and characters younger members can relate to, and even aspire to be, comes through in these projects. While set in very different contexts, both shows center around characters who are learning to deal with and overcome hardship while also enjoying the journey and all its surprising.
The untitled Horse Mystery project and The Worst Witch expand on the growing selection of live-action Netflix original series for tweens, which includes Degrassi: Next Class, Project Mc2, Lost & Found Music Studios and Mak o Mermaids: An H20 Adventure. A preliminary description for each show is offered below:
Set in a stable on a beautiful island off the coast of England, the untitled Horse Project follows an American teenager’s summer of adventure, friendship and intrigue. After discovering a special connecting with a dangerous horse named Raven, 15-year-old Zoe finds an exhilarating mystery unraveling around her. Raven gives her the strength to deal with difficult issues in her family as well as the grit and motivation to master her riding skills. Starring Jaylen Barron (Good Luck Charlie, Shameless), Celine Buckens (War Horse) and Kerry Ingram (Game of Thrones), the 10-episode series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2017.
In The Worst Witch, viewers will be transported to an equally incredible and engaging world. A fantasy series based on the beloved books by Jill Murphy, the show centers around trainee witch Mildred Hubble as she tackles the fun and drama of her experience at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Unfortunately for Mildred, she is the clumsiest witch in school, so magical mayhem as well as the everyday worries of school life follow her wherever she goes. Starring Bella Ramsay (Game of Thrones), Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) and Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey), this imaginative 12-episode series will be available around the globe in 2017, and in the UK and Germany after its premiere on ZDF and CBBC.