Disney Channel has given a formal pilot order to sitcom “Paige & Frankie,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The project hails from Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman. The two writers are in Disney Channel’s inaugural Storytellers program, which is designed to develop the next generation of creators and writers of for kids, tween and family programming.
“Paige & Frankie” revolves around two 12 year-old up-and-coming musicians who write and perform comedic songs about their everyday lives. They believe in themselves and — although they have a limited fanbase and perform gigs in barbershops and basements — they are determined to achieve their dream of becoming famous artists.
Newcomers Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu have been cast to star in the potential series. The diverse actors play title duo Paige and Frankie, respectively.
Marc Warren (“Full House, ” “Even Stevens,” “That’s So Raven,” “Cory in the House”), who supervised Disney Channel Storytellers, will serve as exec producer on the pilot. Stegina and Lehrman are co-exec producers.
Stegina is a Boston University School of Communications alum and recently worked on “The Simpsons.” Lehrman is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. He has worked on animated series “Brickleberry” and Showtime’s “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion and Sex.”
“Paige & Frankie” heads into production next month, and is in contention for a series order to land on Disney Channel later this year.