Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith are the creators, writers, and executive producers of Central Park season two alongside Josh Gad. The animated musical comedy series first premiered last May and is produced by 20th Television for Apple. It has also been recognized with an Emmy Award nomination for star Leslie Odom Jr., as well as an NAACP Image Award nomination in the Outstanding Animated Series category. The complete first season of Central Park is now streaming on Apple TV+.
In season two of Central Park, the Tillerman family continues to navigate living in and caring for the world’s most famous park. Molly (Emmy Raver-Lampman) experiences the trials and tribulations of adolescence, Cole (Tituss Burgess) is challenged by a truly embarrassing moment at school, Paige (Kathryn Hahn) continues to chase down the Mayor’s corruption story, and Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.) juggles managing the park, his staff, and his family all with a smile on his face. Meanwhile, Bitsy (Stanley Tucci) inches ever closer to her sinister goal of claiming Central Park as her own; with Helen (Daveed Diggs) by her side, eternally wondering whether she’s made it into Bitsy’s will. Every step of the way, we are guided along by our friendly, fumbling, fiddler narrator, Birdie (Josh Gad).
The first three episodes of the new season will premiere on Friday, June 25. After that, a new episode will premiere weekly, every Friday, for a total of eight episodes, exclusively on Apple TV+. The second half of season two will return later this year with more episodes.
I spoke with the talented duo about the world of Central Park as an animated musical comedy, what their tagline for season 2 would be, inspirations, and what they hope audiences take away from the series. Watch my interview below to hear what they shared!