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Apple TV+ greenlights Harriet the Spy

August 13, 2020

By Nik Roseveare

Apple has announced a series order for Harriet the Spy, the first animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel.
Hailing from The Jim Henson Company and Rehab Entertainment, Harriet the Spy will join the growing slate of content for kids and families on the Apple TV+ streaming platform.

Set in 1960s New York when the original book was published, the new series will be voiced by an all-star cast including Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Beanie Feldstein, who will star as Harriet, a fiercely independent, adventurous, curious 11-year-old girl. Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch will voice the role of Ole Golly, Harriet’s no-nonsense nanny. Additional voice talent includes Lacey Chabert as Marion Hawthorne, the ringleader of a group of smug, popular girls at Harriet’s school.

The series order follows recent milestone Daytime Emmy Award wins for Apple TV+ original children’s programmes Ghostwriter and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10, making it the first streaming service to win a Daytime Emmy in its first year of eligibility.

Harriet the Spy expands Apple’s partnership with The Jim Henson Company, which includes the reboot of the classic series Fraggle Rock. Apple TV+ is also home to a growing offering of original series from renowned franchises in kids and family programming, including Sesame Workshop and Peanuts, and upcoming newly imagined original series based on the stories and illustrations of Maurice Sendak.

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