“Central Park,” the hit animated musical comedy series from Apple TV+, will return for its third season on Friday, September 9. Original cast member Kristen Bell is returning to star in Season 3 in the new role of Abby, Paige’s little sister.
In Season 1, Bell voiced Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Paige’s (Kathryn Hahn) mixed raced daughter Molly, but she exited the series in 2020 because she believed it unjust for her to voice a biracial character.
“Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience,” Bell’s statement read at the time.
From creator, writer and executive producer Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad and Nora Smith, the 13-episode third season of “Central Park” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ with three episodes. It will be followed by one episode weekly every Friday through November 18.
In the Season 3, Bitsy will continue her relentless pursuit to buy the park as Owen embarks on a new promotional campaign to make more people fall in love with it. Meanwhile, Paige finds herself busier than ever when she lands her first book deal.
“Central Park” features a star-studded voice cast that includes Gad, Odom Jr., Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Stanley Tucci. Guest stars lending their voice talents to this season include “The Afterparty” stars Sam Richardson, Ike Barinholtz, Ben Schwartz and Zoë Chao. Also guest starring is Ron Funches, Jack McBrayer, Amber Ruffin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Craig Robinson, Tim Meadows and David Alan Grier, among others. The new season will also add over 40 original songs to the catalog.
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