Apple’s feel-good, animated musical, ‘Central Park’, is returning for its second season and the brand new trailer promises much more of what made the first season such a hit with fans.
The show, which has already been renewed for a third season, tells the story of the Tillerman family, who live in Central Park. Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.) is the park’s hard-working live-in caretaker and his wife, Paige (Kathryn Hahn) is a journalist who dreams of working on a big story but is instead stuck working on meaningless fluff pieces. They are joined by their two children, Molly (Emmy Raver-Lampman) and Cole (Tituss Burgess), who experience the trials and tribulations of middle school and growing up. The family must also take on eccentric billionaire Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci), who is obsessed with taking over the park, aided by her assistant Helen (Daveed Diggs). Each episode is guided by the bumbling and often hilarious narrator Birdie, brilliantly voiced by Josh Gad.
In season two, the Tillerman family continue to fight against Bitsy’s plans to purchase and commercialise the park all while dealing with their own individual problems. Of course, the trailer also teases plenty more uplifting, catchy musical numbers that are sure to have fans singing along all season long. The upcoming season will launch with three episodes and another five will follow weekly. The season will be released in two parts, with the second half returning later this year.
In a change to the show’s casting, Kristen Bell announced on her Instagram account that she had opted out of reprising her role of Molly, a mixed-race character. Emmy Raver-Lampman will take over the role going forward.
Created by Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers), Josh Gad and Nora Smith, the series has received an Emmy award nomination for Leslie Odom Jr and an NAACP Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Animated Series.
Season 2 of Central Park will premiere its first half on Apple TV+ on June 25th.
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