SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced its brand-new original live-action kids series aimed at children aged 6 through 11, Just Add Magic, is scheduled to premiere on Friday, January 15 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name, Just Add Magic is a single-camera live-action series executive produced by Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle) and Joe Nussbaum (George Lucas in Love, Awkward) and directed by Nussbaum. Starring Olivia Sanabia (Extant), Abby Donnelly (Suburgatory), Aubrey Miller (Austin & Ally), and Judah Bellamy (Home), the series follows Kelly (Sanabia) and her two best friends Darbie (Donnelly) and Hannah (Miller) as they stumble upon a mysterious cookbook in Kelly’s attic and discover the recipes in this book are far from ordinary—they’re magical.
In the premiere episode of Just Add Magic, when it’s revealed that this ancient cookbook may not have shown up by accident, Kelly and her friends attempt to use the recipes to release Kelly’s grandmother from a powerful curse, and soon realize that every recipe they make comes with a hefty price. As they work together to uncover more clues around Grandma’s mystery, they learn that they can’t always cook their way out of every problem. The season finds the trio unraveling the mystery in how to save Kelly’s grandmother, but along the way they serve up magical dishes that are more than just sweet confections: a Lost and Found-ue spell to bring the neighbors’ dog back, a Bitter Truth Truffle that makes Kelly’s mother become excessively honest and Mind Peering Peppermints to learn more about who cursed Grandma.
“We’re thrilled to debut Just Add Magic to our customers next month, and feel the storytelling and sensibility of the show will be a welcome addition to our live-action slate,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids’ Programming at Amazon Studios. “Kids will connect with Kelly, Darbie and Hannah as they embark on a journey to unlock the mystery behind the magic determined to lift Kelly’s grandmother’s curse.”
“It's exciting to see the novel Just Add Magic adapted to the screen,” said Cindy Callaghan. “Kelly, Hannah and Darbie are really fun girl-next-door types, and I think today's kids and tweens will enjoy sharing in their adventures.”
Prime members can now watch the first episode of Just Add Magic at http://amzn.to/1NqOozC--and beginning January 15, they can stream all 10 episodes at no additional cost to their Prime membership with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices, mobile devices, or online. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on iOS, Android and Fire devices at no additional cost. In addition to SD and HD, the series is also available in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Fire TV and compatible smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/prime. Just Add Magic will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.
Just Add Magic also stars Catia Ojeda (Grey’s Anatomy) as Mrs. Quinn, Andrew Burlinson (Parks and Recreation) as Mr. Quinn, with Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as Grandma and Amy Hill (50 First Dates) as Mama P. Guest stars include Brady Reiter (100 Things to Do Before High School) as Charlotte, Matt Knudsen (The League) as Coach Richards, Aidan Lovekamp (Scandal) as Buddy, and Ellen Karsten (Camp Takota) as Ms. Silvers. Pixie Wespiser (Good Luck Charlie) serves as Producer and Frank Merwald (Two and a Half Men) and Kim Tushinsky (Good Luck Charlie) serve as Associate Producers.
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