Well this is very good news.
Nine is bringing back Hi-5 with a whole new cast for 2017.
Nine is renewing its partnership with the Hi-5 franchise for the new series aimed at children aged 2 – 5 years. It will also feature a new set, and draw upon Australian producers and writers.
The original series, co-created by Helena Harris and Posie Graeme-Evans, ran for an impressive 13 seasons on Nine from 1999 – 2011 before Hi-5 House was filmed in Asia.
Executive Creative Director and Executive Producer for Hi-5, Julie Greene, said: “Historically Hi-5 has been one of the most recognised children’s television programs in Australia and we are delighted to be returning to our original home at Channel Nine and bringing our show back to our audience.
“We’re really excited to be working with Nine to develop a reinvigorated Hi-5 show. It will continue to offer the opportunity for active participation from children at home, with a sense that they are sharing in a dynamic, physically involving and sensitive exploration of their world, while also giving a platform to showcase a new lineup of ‘triple threat’ of young Australian talent who can sing, dance and act.”
Nine’s Managing Director, Amanda Laing, said: “We are thrilled to welcome home the globally successful Hi-5 franchise to Nine and this partnership reinforces our commitment to discovering new talent and showcasing quality children’s programming.”
Casting is set to get underway soon.