'Central Park' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Apple TV+'s animated musical
Kristen Bell, who voiced Molly, is no longer part of the show. She has been replaced with Emmy Raver-Lampman of 'The Umbrella Academy' fame
Apple TV+’s animated musical comedy series ‘Central Park’, created by Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, may have initially seemed like a new version of ‘Bob’s Burgers’, but it has slowly created a niche for itself with its mellow but wholesome and whimsical plot, its catchy and funny show tunes, and its spectacular cast.
Season 1’s end already has fans asking about season 2. Fortunately, a second season has already been greenlit. So, here’s what we know so far:
While no official release date for season 2 of ‘Central Park’ has been announced, it is speculated to be out by the summer of 2021. Back in 2018, when Apple TV+ landed the animated musical comedy, it signed a two-season, 26-episode order. Given that season 1 of ‘Central Park’ ended up with only ten episodes, it is not a long shot to presume that work on the second season may have already reached far ahead.
‘Central Park’ follows the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park. Owen, the park manager and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole in the world-famous park while fending off hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long-suffering assistant Helen, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos.
Season 1 of the show saw Bitsy make several unsuccessful attempts at jamming a spanner into the park’s clockwork process. But each time, the Tillermans saved the day.
And while the family did not initially understand what was happening, with help from Birdie (the show’s narrator), and Brendan, Bitsy’s great-nephew, and Molly’s boyfriend, they figured out the batty old hotel heiress’ evil plans. Season 1’s end saw Bitsy promising to not give up. So we know that season 2 will see her back at it. Maybe by season 2, Paige will have unearthed enough real evidence to expose her plans to the world!
Emmy Raver-Lampman as Molly Tillerman
The role was voiced by Kristen Bell in season 1. However, following a backlash about a White actor voicing a biracial character, Bell walked out of the show, leading the showrunners to look for a new actor. A little more than a month later, Raver-Lampman was cast.
“After an extensive casting process that brought a number of incredible contenders to the forefront of our Molly search, we could not be more thrilled, honored, and certain that we have found the perfect marriage of character to voice in the amazing Emmy Raver-Lampman,” said Central Park’s creative team of Bouchard, Gad, Smith, Halsted Sullivan, and Sanjay Shah in a joint statement. “From the moment we heard her Molly, we knew she was the right choice. Her comedic chops, endearing spirit and other-worldly singing prowess have us jumping with joy at the possibilities of this already wonderful character moving forward.”
The 31-year-old actor and singer is perhaps best known internationally for portraying Allison Hargreeves in the Netflix series ‘The Umbrella Academy’. As a theater actor, Raver-Lampman has performed in various Broadway and national touring productions, such as ‘Hair, Jekyll & Hyde’, ‘Wicked’, and ‘Hamilton’.
Tituss Burgess as Cole Tillerman
The 41-year-old American actor and singer is perhaps best known for his role as Titus Andromedon on the Netflix comedy series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’. He’s also appeared on shows like ‘30 Rock’ and films such as ‘The Angry Birds Movie’, ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’, and ‘Dolemite Is My Name’.
Stanley Tucci as Bitsy Brandenham
The 59-year-old actor, writer, and filmmaker has enchanted audiences with his phenomenal acting in films and television for more than three decades. His acting range can be gauged from the variety of films he’s had critically acclaimed roles in, such as ‘Easy A’, ‘Spotlight’, ‘The Hunger Games’ series, ‘The Terminal’, ‘A Modern Affair’ and more.
The series voice cast also includes Josh Gad as Birdie the narrator, Leslie Odom Jr. as Owen Tillerman, Kathryn Hahn as Paige Tillerman, and Daveed Diggs as Helen, Bitsy’s caretaker.
The series comes from the creator/executive producer of the animated comedy series 'Bob’s Burgers' Loren Bouchard, who co-wrote it with the Bob’s Burgers‘ executive producer Nora Smith and actor-writer Josh Gad (Frozen). Bouchard and Gad executive produce the show alongside Brillstein Entertainment Partners, with Smith serving as a consulting producer. Kevin Larsen is also one of the producers.
No trailer for ‘Central Park’ Season 2 has been released yet. Watch this space for more information.
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