Apple TV + Central Park will welcome a host of voice cast members and guest songwriters for its second season.
During the animated series panel at the ATX Television Festival on Wednesday, co-creator Loren Bouchard promoted a list of guest stars that included Yvette Nicole Brown, Billy Porter, Don Lemon, Patti Lupone, Jennifer Lewis, Ellie Kemper, Dan Stevens and Javier Munoz.
He also revealed that Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Rufus Wainright, Michael Bublé, and Shaggy will be among the guest songwriters bringing their talents for season two.
In season 2 of Central Park, which will debut on June 25, the Tillerman family continues to navigate living and caring for the most famous park in the world. Molly experiences the trials and tribulations of adolescence; Cole is challenged by a truly embarrassing moment at school; Paige continues to pursue the mayor’s corruption story; and Owen juggles the management of the park, his staff and his family, all with a smile on his face. Meanwhile, Bitsy grows closer and closer to his sinister goal of claiming Central Park as his own; with Helen by his side, eternally wondering if she did it in Bitsy’s will. Every step of the way, we are led by Birdie, our friendly, goofy storyteller and fiddler.
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Stars Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, and consulting producer Kelvin Yu and Steven Davis joined Bouchard for the panel, where they discussed the rewards of creating an animated series.
“I daresay there is something timeless about animation,” Yu said.
Both Yu and Davis took pride in the fact that viewers, including Davis’s mother, can fully dedicate themselves to the stories they write, even if they are for an animated title. For Odom, Central Park allowed him to take on the representative narrative that he would have liked to see grow.
The Oscar nominee Last night in miami The actor mentioned Kristen Bell’s replacement for Emmy Raver-Lapman as Molly Tillerman, a mixed-race character. The recast, which came amid a racial and social reckoning for a number of entertainment titles, marked a “new consciousness” for the series, Odom said.
“The world took on a new consciousness and began to ask new questions,” he told the creators and producers of the series. “You have found a way to honor the truth of someone’s experience on this planet with a little more authenticity.”