Apple orders toon from Bob’s Burgers creator

The double season order of Central Park from Emmy Award-winning creator Loren Bouchard marks Apple's first animated series.
March 13, 2018

Apple has commissioned two seasons of Central Park, an original animated series from Twentieth Century Fox Television written by Bob’s Burgers (pictured) creator Loren Bouchard, alongside Frozen‘s Josh Gad and Emmy Award-winning Bob’s Burgers alum Nora Smith.

The musical series—Apple’s first animation greenlight—tells the story of how a family of Central Park caretakers ends up saving the world.

Central Park reunites Gad and his Frozen co-star Kristen Bell, who are both featured in the show’s all-star voice cast along with Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

Bouchard, Gad and Brillstein Entertainment Partners are executive producing the series. No premiere date has been announced, and Apple has yet to reveal a platform for its new content.

Partnering with Fox, a studio well-known for hit animated series including The Simpsons, is significant for Apple as industry mainstays Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have all upped their original kids and family content spend of late.

The greenlight also comes on the heels of Apple poaching former Amazon Studios kids programming head Tara Sorensen to lead its new kids TV operations. Whether Sorensen had a hand in the company’s deal for Central Park is unclear.

Interestingly, Apple also recently hired ex-Fox exec Dana Tuinier as its new creative executive for comedy. Tuinier is expected to work on Apple’s new untitled morning show produced by Reese Witherspoon’s film studio Hello Sunshine and oversee other new comedy projects. As a former director of current programming at Fox, Tuinier worked on hit series including Bob’s Burgers and Glee.

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