The animated musical comedy series “Central Park” has officially been canceled by Apple TV+ after its three-season run. This decision was confirmed by Josh Gad, co-creator of the show and the voice behind Birdie in response to a fan’s query about the series’ potential return.
Central Park Closes its Gates: Apple TV+ Cancels Animated Musical Comedy After Three Seasons
The animated comedy-musical “Central Park” has concluded its run after three seasons on Apple TV+ as confirmed by star and co-creator Josh Gad in a recent announcement on Threads. Gad responded to a fan inquiry about the show’s return stating “Sadly, it’s done.” This marks the second cancellation for Apple TV+ within a week with the earlier announcement about “Swagger” not returning. Apple TV+ has not yet commented on these developments.
“Central Park” revolves around the Tillermans a family residing in New York City’s Central Park. The series follows park manager Owen (voiced by Leslie Odom Jr.) and journalist Paige (Kathryn Hahn) as they navigate life raising their children (Emmy Raver-Lampman and Tituss Burgess). Their challenges include thwarting the plans of hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci) and her assistant (Daveed Diggs), who aim to transform the park into condominiums. Narrated by Gad’s character, Birdie a park performer the Season 3 finale now serving as the series finale aired on Nov. 18, 2022.
Notably, the show faced controversy in 2020 for originally casting Kristen Bell as Molly a mixed-race character in Season 1. Midway through the first season the production team announced Bell’s departure for Season 2, emphasizing the commitment to proper representation by casting a Black or mixed-race actress. Molly was subsequently portrayed by Raver-Lampman in the final two seasons, while Bell returned in Season 3 in a new role as Abby, Paige’s sister.