In a further expansion of their kids and family programming, HBO Max and Cartoon Network are teaming up on a new live-action coming-of-age comedy series, Home SweetRome, Emmy nominee Hannah Montana and It’s so raven designer Michael Poryes, for a premiere in 2023.
Home Sweet Rome is based on a concept by Poryes, and developed and written by DeGrassi alumni Matt Huether and Courtney Jane Walker, who will both serve as showrunners.
It centers on 13-year-old Lucy, played by Kensington Tallman (Theater club), who leaves California to start a new life in Rome with her father and stepmother, Francesca (Eleonora Facchini) – who happens to be an Italian pop star! With new friends, incredible cuisine, high fashion and a best friend who is thousands of miles away, Lucy discovers the meaning of “When in Rome” as her adventures abroad begin. As Lucy learns to adjust to her new town, new school, and new life, she also navigates through the growing pains of adolescence and the added challenge of her best friend, Kyla, 6,000 miles away. . Additional casting for the series is still ongoing.
The series will be shot on location in Rome and will feature original songs in every episode. Home Sweet Rome is an Italian-Canadian co-production by Italian studio Red Monk, a SuperProd Group company, and Canada’s First Generation Films. Executive producers are Pedro Citaristi of Red Monk Studio and Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, plus Doug Schwalbe, Jérémie Fajner and Clement Calvet of SuperProd Group, Matt Huether, Courtney Jane Walker and Michael Poryes.
HBO Max and Cartoon Network also announced two one-hour live specials based on the Mattel american girl franchise. The first is American Girl: Corinne Tan (working title), inspired by the doll brand’s 2022 girl of the year and the first of Chinese descent. American Girl: Corinne Tan is produced by Mattel Television and MarVista Entertainment. It premieres in December in the United States on Cartoon Network, available on HBO Max the following day. A second american girl special, yet to be announced, will follow next year.
American Girl: Corinne Tan stars Miya Cech (Corinne), from the upcoming independent film, Marvelous and the Black Hole, and his sister Kai Cech (Gwynn), in a story about brotherhood, perseverance and self-acceptance as they adjust to life in a blended family after their parents divorce. Corinne finds new purpose along the way when she saves a dog who, in a way, saves her right away.
Executive producers for American Girl: Corinne Tan include Fred Soulie and Phil Breman for Mattel Television. Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew are executive producers for MarVista Entertainment with Adam Shepard serving as co-executive producer.