Apple has picked up Central Park, its first animated series, written by Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) and Josh Gad (Frozen). The series features a star-studded voice cast and has been given a two-season order.
The animated musical series tells the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park — and basically the world. The voice cast for the series includes Gad, Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Stanley Tucci (Feud), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), and Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick).
Bouchard and Gad will both executive produce with Nora Smith (Bob’s Burgers) serving as a consultant. Kevin Larsen will produce alongside Brillstein Entertainment Partners, who are executive producing. The series hails from 20th Century Fox Television, which produces animated hits Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad, to name a few.
Central Park is the latest animated series to land a sizable order outside of 20th TV’s broadcast sibling FOX. The order for the show is for 13 episodes per season, totaling 26 in the two-season order. Central Park is a key sale for 20th Century Fox Television, which is on the verge of being sold to Disney as part of 21st Century Fox’s larger $52 billion deal.
Central Park joins Apple’s latest series in a line of scripted projects Apple has slated, including an untitled thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s morning news drama, a mystery series from Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology, Octavia Spencer’s Are You Sleeping, a comedy starring Kristin Wiig, a space drama from Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Steven Knight’s world-building See, and an unscripted docu-series entitled Home.
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