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Amazon Renews 'Kong: King of the Apes,' Slates Five New Kids' Shows

Netflix has renewed Kong: King of the Apesfor season two, debuting next year, and also said it will launch five original animated shows for kids over the next two years.

The first of the new five shows, action-comedy Skylanders Academyfrom Activision Blizzard Studios, follows the adventures of a ragtag group of heroes protecting the Skylands universe from evildoers. Eric Rogers (Futurama) runs the show, with voice help from Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale and Breaking Bad tough guy Jonathan Banks. Thirteen episodes debut this fall, with a second season in late 2017.

The other four shows include Llama Llama, based on the book series by Anna Dewdney and set to premiere in 2017; Spirit Riding Free, inspired by the film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, about a wild mustang that could not be tamed, also coming out in 2017; Spy Kids: Mission Critical, based on the family film franchise of the same name and due in 2018; and Hilda, based the Luke Pearson graphic novels about the journey of a fearless blue-haired girl, coming in 2018.

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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.