Ellen DeGeneres’ longtime talk show is coming to an end early next year, but that doesn’t mean she’s done with television.
Little Ellen, a new animated show starring a seven-year-old version of the out comedian, is coming to a screen near you as early as next week.
On September 13, the same day that the Ellen DeGeneres Show‘s final season begins to air, Ellen’s latest show will also come out. It’s one of a set of new shows on Cartoonito, a new block of young children’s programming streaming on HBO Max while simultaneously airing on Cartoon Network. Little Ellen will exclusively premiere on HBO Max first.
Interested viewers that want to find out more will probably have to tune in to Ellen’s (daytime) show to hear more about it, but Ellen did share a trailer for it today.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 7, 2021
Still, little is known about the show — such as who is in the cast, how many episodes there are, or what other themes or plots one can expect from each episode — beyond that it stars Ellen as a kid in her native New Orleans. She produces the show alongside executive producers Kevin A. Leman and Sam Register.
Little Ellen is the first pre-school targeting show to come from Warner Bros. Animation. Cartoonito will air throughout the day as a departure from much of Cartoon Network’s programming in recent years, which has largely targeted pre-teen and teen audiences.
The internet has already begun to weigh in, with many enamored by the trailer. Some are also interested if this signals the direction Ellen will go toward once her tenure as daytime’s biggest star comes to an end.
The decision to end her show followed a year of negative coverage in the press, including dozens of former staffers who said that her show was a toxic workplace, the firing of several producers accused of sexual harassment, and a huge knock in ratings — losing 43% of viewers.
Her eponymous daytime show has thus far earned a record 61 Daytime Emmy Awards.
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It’s too cute!!!! I can’t wait! ❤️💜
— Christy 💫 (Taylor’s Version) (@christyann20) September 7, 2021
This is the cutest thing ever! Great cartoon designs, color schemes and voice overs! Kids will absolutely love it. #LittleEllen
— Maru Holloway (@MaruHolloway) September 7, 2021
Awww, can't wait to meet you Little Ellen https://t.co/pyPRsBrufh
— Phuong Thuy (@PhuoggThuy) September 7, 2021
We can't wait 🌼🎷🤗
— Cartoonito (@CartoonitoCN) July 29, 2021