Disney Channel has ordered a third season of its hit Emmy Award-nominated animated comedy Big City Greens. Series creators and executive producers, brothers Chris and Shane Houghton (Harvey Beaks), have also expanded their roles and entered into an overall deal at Disney Television Animation. Under the agreement, the duo will continue their work on Big City Greens and develop new animated series, shorts and movies for Disney Channel and Disney+.
“Chris and Shane have a wonderfully unique vision for characters and stories with both humor and heart, and we’re especially pleased to continue working with them on more Big City Greens and other creative ventures,” said Meredith Roberts, SVP/General Manager, Television Animation, Disney Channels.
In a joint statement, the Houghton brothers said, “We are excited to be deepening our relationship with Disney. They have been very supportive of us and our crazy ideas, and we are looking forward to continuing to grow Big City Greens as well as develop new and exciting projects together.”
Best known for creating, writing and illustrating their comic-book series Reed Gunther, about a bear-riding cowboy, the duo has written and illustrated comics for The Simpsons, Adventure Time and Peanuts, among others. For television, Chris worked as a storyboard artist on Disney’s hit series Gravity Falls, and Shane as an editor for the reality series Tattoo School. The two worked together on Harvey Beaks, Chris as storyboard director and Shane as staff writer.
Big City Greens follows mischievous and optimistic 10-year-old Cricket Green, who moves from the country to the big city with his wildly out of place family — older sister Tilly, father Bill and Gramma Alice. The series is influenced by the Houghton brothers’ childhood growing up in the small rural town of St. Johns, Michigan, with many of the locations and characters inspired by their real-life family members and townsfolk.
Currently in its second season, new episodes will roll out Saturdays beginning Jan. 16 (9:00 a.m. EST/PST) on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW and will include a special music-filled episode featuring five original songs. Season one of Big City Greens is available to stream on Disney+.
Since its premiere in June 2018, Big City Greens has garnered nearly 300 million views across all social media and digital viewing platforms and currently ranks among the top five animated series across all Cable with Kids and Girls 6-11 for two quarters straight. The series’ “Broken Karaoke” short titled “Stuck at Home” has over 16 million views and has become the most-watched video on Disney Channel YouTube Summer to date.
Big City Greens stars Chris Houghton as Cricket Green, Artemis Pebdani (Scandal) as sweet-and-sour Gramma Alice, Marieve Herington (How I Met Your Mother) as quirky older sister Tilly Green and Bob Joles (Puss in Boots) as hard-working father Bill Green. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation and carries a TV- Y7 parental guideline.
The Houghtons are represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of The Gotham Group and attorney Matthew Saver.