Apple Music hits 38M paid subscribers; Apple orders first animated series


Apple Music hits 38M paid subscribers; Apple orders first animated series

According to a new report from Variety, Apple has landed a deal for its first animated TV series. Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard and Gad, who both executive produce, will pen the series with Nora Smith.

The family ends up saving Central Park and the entire world. The order for the show is for 13 episodes per season, totaling 26 in the two-season order. Gad will lend his voice to the series along with Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn.

The two co-starred in “Frozen” in 2013
The two co-starred in “Frozen” in 2013

Over the past year, Apple has made some heavy investments in television, hinting at a possible future direction for the company's content creation division. But when the studio's sibling network passed on the Central Park, it prompted a heated bidding war among streamers Apple, Netflix, and Hulu.

The show, developed with 20th Century Fox Television, will follow a group of Central Park caretakers who rally to save the park. The tech giant has already secured numerous projects, including an untitled thriller from M. Night Shymalan, a comedy series starring Kristin Wiig, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories anthology, and morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. In recent tweets, he has taken aim at FOX for doing a poor job in getting the series onto DVD, saying that he was frustrated that Chinese bootlegs available on eBay were of better quality than the official releases, which can only be purchased via a print-on-demand service.