July 28, 2016

Beat Bugs renewed for season two

Jordan Pinto / Playback

Netflix’ Beatles-inspired children’s series Beat Bugs, which is coproduced by Vancouver’s Thunderbird, has been renewed for a second season. 

The announcement was made by the show’s creator and writer Josh Wakely at the Netflix Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday. The first season of the animated series lands on Netflix on Aug. 3, while the second season has been given a Nov. 18 premiere date.

As well, an expanded roster of artists was announced for both seasons of the series, with Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Robbie Williams, Frances, The Lumineers and Tori Kelly joining previously announced artists such as Eddie Vedder, Pink, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men and Chris Cornell.

Netflix previously inked a worldwide rights deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which allowed Beat Bugs to record covers of Beatles songs from the Lennon/McCartney “Northern Songs” catalogue.

The series is produced by Wakely’s Australia- and U.S.-based production company, Grace: A Storytelling Company, in conjunction with Thunderbird and Sydney-headquartered Beyond Screen Production.

The series centres on the lives of five bugs, who live in an over-sized backyard. Beatles songs are woven into the narrative of the animated series, which was initially announced in February.

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