Ariana DeBose joined the cast in the second season of 'Schmigadoon!'. Photo: Apple TV+.
Ariana DeBose is back on the cast of the second season of 'Schmigadoon!' Photo: Apple TV+.

Ariana DeBose returns for the second season of 'Schmigadoon!'

The Afro-Latin actress Ariana DeBose returns to the cast for the second season of the comedy series, which will air on Apple TV+ on April 5.


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Having found true love in the town of Schmigadoon, season two of Schmigadoon! will find Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) in Schmicago, the reimagined world of 60s and 70s musicals, according to a press release released by Apple TV+.

The second season of this comedy will include new original musical numbers from co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Cinco Paul, and returning stars: Cecily Strong (as Melissa), Keegan-Michael Key (as Josh), Afro-Latin actress Ariana DeBose (as Emcee), Martin Short, Dove Cameron (as Jenny Banks), Jaime Camil (as Sergeant Rivera), Kristin Chenoweth (as Miss Coldwell), Alan Cumming (Dooley Flint), Ann Harada (Madam Frau), Jane Krakowski ( as Bobbie Flanagan) and Aaron Tveit (as Topher) with Tituss Burgess (as Narrator) and Patrick Page (as Octavius Kratt).

They are also joined by Jane Krakowski as Bobbie Flanagan, Tituss Burgess as the Narrator and Martin Short as the Leprechaun.

Schmigadoon! was created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group and Broadway Video. Paul, who serves as showrunner, wrote all of the original songs for the series.

Since its debut, Schmigadoon! has won an Emmy, AFI Award and Kristin Chenoweth was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The first two episodes of its six episode second season will be released on the Apple TV + on Wednesday, April 5, followed by new episodes every Wednesday through May 3, 2023.

The comedy that catapulted DeBose's career

DeBose played the role of Emma Tate, a school teacher, in the first season of Schmigadoon!, which premiered in July 2021 on Apple Tv+. Her performance was widely praised by critics.

"Of the supporting romantic roles, it's DeBose who stands out clearly, who sings and dances like a dream and radiates the prickly purity Marian requires," the Hollywood Reporter noted at the time.

The Afro-Latina actress later played the role of Anita in the remake of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. The performance earned her the Oscar, the Golden Globe, BAFTA and a statuette at the SAG Awards, becoming the first Afro-Latina to bring home the award from the Screen Actors Guild of the United States.


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