Disney has ordered a new comedy series called “Pretty Freekin Scary“, which is based on the popular book series. The 20-episode first season is slated to debut in Summer 2023 on Disney Channel and Disney+.
The four book series is written by Chris P. Flesh. The multi-camera sitcom follows Frankie Ripp, a 14-year-old girl who has a seemingly perfect life – great parents, annoying little brother, lifelong BFF – until she dies. After some heated debate in the Underworld with the Grim Reaper herself, Frankie is allowed to return home, but only if she’s accompanied by her new Underworld guardians, Pretty and Scary. Frankie will now have to adapt to her ‘once-dead’ status in the most challenging setting of all…Middle School.
The series stars Eliana Su’a (Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw) as Frankie, Kyan Samuels (Game Shakers) as Pretty, Leah Mei Gold (Side Hustle) as Scary, Yonas Kibreab (Pixar’s Elio) as Remy, and Emma Shannon (The Righteous Gemstones) as Nyx.
The show is the first to be greenlit under a first-look development deal between CakeStart and Disney. Kory Lunsford, who used to be Disney’s VP of Original Series and is the president and partner of CakeStart Entertainment.
“Millions of kids and families around the world share the deep appreciation I have for the Disney brand and the kinds of imaginative, inspiring and relevant stories and interesting characters that reflect that brand and the world we live in,” said Lunsford. “We are excited to kick off this creative endeavor with a show like Pretty Freekin Scary, which brings me back to my Disney Channel roots.”
“Frankie is charming to watch as she figures out how to adapt to her new ‘life’ and friends under such unusual and unexpected circumstances,” added Jane Gould, EVP Content Research Insights and Scheduling, Disney General Entertainment. “Playing with topics that are traditionally serious adds a unique twist to the storytelling creating a fun offbeat comedy that is a great fit for our linear and streaming platforms.”
Production on the series has already underway.