Apple has more original content news: It picked up two seasons of a new musical animated comedy from Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bobs Burgers. The series is called Central Park, and is co-written by Josh Gad and Nora Smith in addition to Bouchard, and it follows a group of caretakers who live and work in the titular location in New York. The show also stars Gad, as well as Titus Burgess (from Netflixs Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and more). Each season will run 13 episodes, and as mentioned a total of two seasons have been ordered. 20th Century Fox Television is the production studio behind the show, and its decision to go with Apple instead of its own larger corporate entity is unusual, which likely means either Apple was very convincing with its offer or Foxs TV studio is more interested in branching out to alternative distribution platforms. Apple has a dozen or so series on order, ranging from drama to comedy, anthology sci-fi and plenty more beyond that. Apple SVP Eddy Cue told SXSW attendees this morning that the companys intent with its original content push is to aim for quality over quantity, and that it isnt afraid to spend in order to get it.
'Central Park' will tell the musical cartoon story of a family of caretakers in the famous park. Apple has been moving pretty aggressively into the entertainment business lately. With a reported $1 billion budget for original programming, the tech company can afford to acquire high-value projects like the Kevin Durant childhood drama, a Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon-led dramatic project and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories reboot. According to a report over at Variety, Apple has just ordered a new musical animated comedy, Central Park, from the creator of Bob's Burgers, Loren Bouchard. The show is apparently being written by Bouchard, Josh Gad and Nora Smith. Variey reports that Central Park has been described as a story about a family of caretakers who live and work in the titular park in New York, and how they save the park as well as the world. According to Variety, the 26-episode, two-season show will star Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn, with Bouchard and Gad executive producing.