EXCLUSIVE: The Hub, the new cable channel targeting kids and their families, is expected to announce tomorrow at its upfront that it has picked up a new series starring the quirky rock band The Aquabats. The series, which is expected to receive a 13-episode order, hails from FremantleMedia Enterprises. Christian Jacobs, Scott Schultz, and Jon Berrett’s The Magic Store, the company behind the Nickelodeon hit Yo Gabba Gabba!, is producing. Jacobs and Schultz created the Aquabats series, and Jacobs will also star as he is one of the founding members and the vocalist of The Aquabats. Formed in 1994 in Orange County, CA, The Aquabats are known for their mythology, with the band members going by their superhero pseudonyms and wearing matching superhero costumes as they go on a quest to save the world from evil through music. The band’s current members include The MC Bat Commander (Jacobs), Crash McLarson (Chad Larson), Jimmy the Robot (James Briggs), Ricky Fitness (Ricky Falomir) and Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk (Ian Fowles). CAA-repped The Magic Store recently received a fourth season renewal from Nickelodeon for Yo Gabba Gabba!, which was picked up for 13 episodes.
Also tomorrow, The Hub, a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, is expected to announce a renewal of its scary anthology series R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series. The second-season pickup is said to be for 18 episodes. The network had no comment.