HBO, Treehouse to Debut New Original from Sesame Workshop


HBO in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada have lined up the brand-new animated series Esme & Roy.

The show, which comes from Sesame Workshop and Nelvana, will debut on HBO and Treehouse on August 18. Esme & Roy follows the adventures of a young girl and her monster friend as they babysit in Monsterdale.

The series is intended for kids aged 4 to 6. The 26-episode series will see Esme and Roy use the power of play to help younger monsters as they try new food, feel scared during thunderstorms and encounter other situations that preschoolers also face.

Created by TV veterans Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg (Peg + CatTeam UmizoomiWonder Pets!, Shimmer and Shine), Esme & Roy is produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s animation studio Nelvana. The illustrations are inspired by the artist Dankerleroux.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with some of the most talented and creative forces in the industry on this new series,” said Steve Youngwood, the president of media and education, and chief operating officer at Sesame Workshop. “Packed with humor, heart and valuable lessons, Esme & Roy represents the kind of quality programming that families have trusted Sesame Workshop to deliver for nearly 50 years, tailor-made for a new generation of kids and parents.”

“From its early beginnings, the Nelvana team knew Esme & Roy was destined to be a very special commission,” added Scott Dyer, the president of Nelvana. “Working with our incredible partners at Sesame Workshop, our world-class animation studio and its talented team of animators brought this truly imaginative series to life with beautiful artistry that perfectly complements the spirit of the series. Children and parents alike will enjoy learning and playing as they watch Esme & Roy together and we couldn’t be more delighted to showcase this brilliant series to audiences.”