‘Little Ellen’ Scrapped At HBO Max Ahead Of Season 3 Premiere – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Ellen won’t grow up on HBO Max.

Deadline understands that the streamer canceled the anime series Little Helen before the premiere of its third season.

The show’s third season, which centers on seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres, had wrapped and had already aired in June, but its premiere was pushed back.

This is the latest example from Warner Bros. Discovery canceling a show or movie that has already been produced. Deadline revealed that the reality series The big D had been axed two weeks before its premiere, apparently for tax reasons, allowing the company to recoup the costs of the project.

This was taken to another level yesterday after the company dropped the high-profile DC movie bat girl.

Essentially, WBD is able to write off the costs of certain productions as part of a “purchase accounting” maneuver due to the merger and that opportunity expires in mid-August, as described by my colleague Anthony D ‘Alessandro in his report about the Leslie Film à front de grace.

This decision leads to question marks surrounding HBO Max’s animation strategy. Deadline understands that a number of other projects could be affected. This follows an exit from live kids and family programming for the streamer, following the cancellation of Chronicles of Gordita.

Little Helen was commissioned in 2019 as part of a trio of Ellen DeGeneres-related projects for HBO Max, including Ellen’s house Design Challenge and Hotel for first dates.

Its ten-episode first season launched in September 2021 and its second season launched in March 2022.

Produced by Ellen Digital Ventures and Warner Bros. Animation, it was one of the latter’s first preschool series in quite some time. The show follows a “hilarious” and “imaginative” seven-year-old Ellen, who finds fun and adventure in New Orleans with her wise and eccentric Gramsy, her musical best friend Freckle, her fashion-forward cousin Becky and her clever cat Charlie.

It features the voices of Laurel Emory, Johanna Colon, JeCobi Swain and June Squibb.

Warner Bros. Discovery has not commented on the news.

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