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Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad penned 'Central Park,' which features voice cast that includes Gad Leslie Odom Jr. Titus Burgess Kristen Bell Stanley Tucci Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn

This latest addition will be Apple's first animated show with an order from the creator of Bob's Burgers. Central Park is labeled as a "new musical animated comedy" that follows a family of caretakers, who live in Central Park, who end up saving the park and the world. Among the cast are Hamilton Tony Award winners Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs, as well as Tony nominee Josh Gad and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess. Bouchard and Gad will executive produce, with Smith serving as a consulting producer. Apple has ordered 26 episodes of Central Park, split into two 13-episode seasons.

Apple has moved aggressively into series development in recent months, despite having not yet unveiled a platform for its new content. The studio is best known for other animated series such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, and American Dad!.

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