Bluey fans rejoice! The smash hit TV show that's captured the hearts of parents and children alike has been renewed for a second series.
That's right, fresh Bluey content will hit our screens next year, welcome news for households around the country currently playing episodes on high rotation. And if that's you, well you've helped the show amass a cool 75 million program views in total and smash its own 2018 ABC iview record of 21 million plays in 2019.
"The first series was a massive effort from our talented and dedicated young team. We've all been amazed and overwhelmed by how Australians have taken Bluey into their hearts and we're totally stoked to be making another fifty-two brand new episodes," said Charlie Aspinwall, Bluey's Executive Producer.
Created by Joe Brumm, Bluey is produced by the Emmy award-winning Ludo Studio for ABC KIDS. Co-commissioned by ABC Children's and BBC Studios and financed in association with Screen Australia, it's 100 per cent created, written, animated and produced in Brisbane, with the assistance of Screen Queensland and the Australian Government.
"The phenomenal success of Bluey is a testament to the incredible creative vision of the Ludo team and we can't wait to share the new adventures in series two with Australian kids and their families" said Libbie Doherty, Acting ABC Head of Children's Television. "Australians – young and old, with kids and without kids have embraced Bluey, Bingo, Chilli and Bandit, and ABC KIDS is thrilled to be able to offer them more of this warm and funny series next year."
For the uninitiated (all six of you!), the beloved series follows a six-year-old cattle dog called Bluey who lives with her dad Bandit (an archaeologist), mum Chilli (who works at the airport) and four-year-old sister, Bingo. It's quintessentially Aussie, complete with accents, fart jokes and backyard BBQs. Series two promises more of the same cheeky fun. We can expect more of Bluey and Bingo's games and more of Bandit's wry sense of humour. We're also quietly excited to hear that Chilli's relationship with her girls and her work/life juggle will also take centre stage.
But the announcement isn't just welcome news for kids and parents.
"The second series of Bluey will allow Ludo Studio to continue to grow their animation studio, create 40 jobs in Queensland and inject close to $6 million into the local economy," said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. "The Queensland Government, through Screen Queensland, is very proud to be one of the many partners supporting the growth of Ludo Studio, and the creation of this Queensland story, showcasing our beautiful landmarks and lifestyle to global audiences young and old."
According to Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children's Content at BBC Studios, the series is also bounding its way into hearts around the world.
"Bluey is a series with huge heart, warmth and humour that offers a modern and authentic look at family life - and it has taken Australia by storm," she said. "The response from global clients has also been phenomenal and we think it will be embraced by audiences worldwide. We can't wait to introduce the world to this Blue Heeler family who will clearly resonate everywhere."
The news comes following BBC Studios and Penguin Random House Australia's announcement that Bluey books will appear in store in time for Christmas. "We've been overwhelmed with requests for books and toys since the show began and we are incredibly excited that kids and parents will soon be able to read, as well as watch, more wonderful Bluey stories," Aspinwall said at the time.
We can't wait!
I’m sad that only Australian parents will get it when I say omg how good is it to have sitting down to watch Bluey as an excuse to do nothing for a bit 😍 Is it ok to have a kids show as a favourite TV show? Asking for a friend.— Devin Madson (@DevinMadson) May 15, 2019