9:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Discovery Family Orders Series Based on Littlest Pet Shop Toy Line (Exclusive)
The Littlest Pet Shop toy line is returning to TV in a new series.
Discovery Family has ordered Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own, set to debut at noon Saturday, April 14, with two back-to-back episodes. The network has ordered 52 episodes of the animated series from Allspark Animation, a unit of Hasbro.
In addition, new 11-minute episodes of the series will stream live on Discovery Family GO and will also be available on demand the following day.
Inspired by Discovery Family's 2012 series Littlest Pet Shop, the new show reveals a completely overhauled pet-centric world where even the littlest pet is treated like the greatest king. Pets (especially the really good ones) gain access to the Littlest Pet Shop in Paw-Tucket via a magical portal that spans between the human and pet world. Once they arrive, pets from all walks of life near and far come to celebrate who they are.
Paw-Tucket is a pet utopia featuring ski slopes operated by St. Bernards, "Pet-Ultimate" apartments with pet-appropriate accommodations (lots of perches, cardboard boxes and rooms furnished in rawhide) and a relaxing "Shake 'n' Dry" beauty salon where cats walk on your back.
Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own follows the many adventures of six cool and very different friends: Roxie, a lovable, supremely optimistic Boston terrier; Jade, a Bombay shorthair with tons of "catitude"; Trip, a sweet-spirited hamster macho goofball; Quincy, an anxiety-prone, risk-averse fainting pygmy goat; Edie, a parakeet whose personality is a reflection of the 14-year-old drama-queen girl she lives with; and Bev, a cheerful, positive and supportive box turtle with a proclivity for self-improvement.
In the back-to-back season premiere, episodes titled "A Pet's Best Friend Is…" and "Pet, Peeved," Roxie lands the dream gig of house sitting for mega pop-star Savannah, only to be bombarded by Paw-Tucket's snobbiest pets. Jade warns Roxie that the pets are only using her to have a party, but Roxie disregards the warning and has to learn the hard way whether or not Jade is correct. Later, when their "odd couple" differences become a problem, Roxie becomes determined to be a better roommate.
Stephen Davis is the executive producer for Allspark.
Watch a trailer for the show below.