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Apple TV+ bags 51 Primetime Emmy nominations

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With 51 nominations, Apple TV+ stands to do well at the primetime Emmy Awards.
With 51 nominations, Apple TV+ stands to do well at the primetime Emmy Awards.
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The Television Academy said Tuesday Apple TV+ received 51 Primetime Emmy nominations, including 20 for the hit comedy Ted Lasso.

That matches the show’s record-breaking number of Emmy nominations in 2021. And the psychological thriller Severance received 14 nominations this year, second most among the streaming service’s titles.

March is packed with star-studded new Apple TV+ shows

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March is packed with star-studded new Apple TV+ shows
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson all appear in new series on Apple TV+ in March.
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Apple TV+ subscribers have a lot to look forward to in March. A series starring the great Samuel L. Jackson will premiere this month, plus Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway have their own series.

In addition, Snoopy is back on Apple TV+, while Dear… includes a roster of celebes, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and more.

The musical comedy of Central Park returns to Apple TV+ in March

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The musical comedy of ‘Central Park’ returns to Apple TV+ in March
Central Park returns with eight all-new episodes on March 4.

The interrupted second season of Central Park will resume on March 4. The Apple TV+ musical comedy has eight more episodes with the madcap adventures of the Tillerman family.

The series has garnered multiple Emmy nominations, and the first half of the second season has a amazing 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Central Park season 2 will bore you with the worst of Broadway [Apple TV+ review]

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Central Park season 2 review: Can things really get worse?
Can things really get worse in season 2? Of course they can.
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Central Park, the Apple TV+ animated musical about a family living and caring for the titular New York park, returns for more arbitrary, up-with-people high-jinks in its second season.

Nothing brings out the worst impulses in a writer’s room like encouragement. And the second season of the show — created by Bob’s Burgers duo Nora Smith and Loren Bouchard along with Josh Gad (Frozen) — is aggressively larger and more precious than the first. If it’s not your thing, you’ll be looking for the nearest open window.

Get ready for more musical fun with Central Park Season 2 trailer

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Get ready for more musical fun with Central Park Season 2 trailer
The Tillermans are back to sing and dance their way through Central Park Season 2, coming next week.
Photo: Apple TV+

The trailer for the second season of Central Park debuted Tuesday to get fans ready for the imminent return of the musical comedy to Apple TV+. The first season of the animated series scored an Emmy nomination and praise from critics.

Check out the trailer for a taste of what to expect in season two.

Critics applaud Apple TV+ comedy lineup

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Apple TV+ has yet to cut into the lead of well-established streaming video services.
Central Park is a hit with critics. It’s ready to binge watch on a long holiday weekend, along with other Apple TV+ comedies.
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Anyone looking for new TV comedies to binge watch on a long holiday weekend shouldn’t miss the very positive reviews for Central Park and Trying on Apple TV+. Both shows debuted at the beginning of the summer, which means their entire first seasons are available now.

And while Ted Lasso is only halfway through its first season on Apple’s streaming service, it also has drawn praise from critics.

The Morning Show leads Apple TV+ to 19 Emmy nominations

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Both Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell received Emmy nominations for their work on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show.
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Apple TV+ earned 19 Emmy Awards nominations, including several for The Morning Show, a star-studded drama that was a highlight of the streaming service’s launch last autumn.

That’s not bad for the first year of eligibility for Apple TV+. However, Netflix totally dominated the 72nd annual Emmy Awards nominations, which were revealed Tuesday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The world’s biggest streamer took home an astonishing 160 Emmy noms. HBO limited series Watchmen scored the most nominations of any single series with 26.

Kristen Bell drops out of Apple TV+ animated comedy series Central Park

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Central Park is here to do exactly what focus groups say you want it to.
Apple has already ordered a second season of Central Park. Kristen Bell likely won't be in it, though.
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Kristen Bell is dropping out of Apple TV+ animated musical comedy series Central Park, the popular Good Place star announced on social media Wednesday. Bell starred as Molly Tillerman in all 13 episodes of the first season of Central Park. The show debuted last month on Apple TV+.

Bell, whose character on the show is mixed race, said that she is stepping back so as to allow the character to be played by an actor whose race matches that of the character.

We talk AirPods with health features, and Apple TV+’s hits and misses, on The CultCast

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CultCast 442: AirPods with health sensors
Can you handle some hot, hot beta action?
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This week on The CultCast: AirPods with new sensors could be on the horizon, and that would fit perfectly with Apple’s always-on approach to health. Find out why we can’t wait for in-ear health trackers. Or for Apple to revamp the musty Messages app for Mac.

Plus, we discuss the aftermath of last week’s controversial chat with hotshot Apple leaker, Jon Prosser. And finally, Cult of Mac TV reviewer Scout Tafoya tells us why you probably ought to queue up Defending Jacob (and why you might want to skip Central Park).

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