AOL Renews Steve Buscemi's 'Park Bench' (Exclusive)

'Park Bench'

The web series follows the 'Boardwalk Empire' star through New York as he meets celebrity friends and new acquaintances on the same park bench.

AOL is staying in business with Steve Buscemi.

The tech company has picked up a second season of web series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi, a "talking show" that features the actor touring New York City and talking to celebrity friends and everyday people on the same park bench. 

In its second season Park Bench, which is produced by Buscemi's Olive Productions and RadicalMedia, will feature appearances from musician Elvis Costello, comedian John Oliver, actress Amber Tamblyn, Saturday Night Live veteran Robert Smigel, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, magician David Blaine and others. 

"Give me a seat on a park bench and I'm happy," said Buscemi, who said goodbye to HBO drama Boardwalk Empire after five seasons in October. "Give me a second season of Park Bench on AOL to talk about nothing and everything with old friends and new in an ever-changing New York City — what could be better?" 

News of the renewal comes days before AOL is set to present its upcoming slate of original programming to advertisers during the Digital Content NewFronts in New York City. Buscemi's show was part of a slate announced last year that included original series from Zoe Saldana, James Franco and Sarah Jessica Parker

"We are thrilled to share that Park Bench will be returning to AOL," said AOL Studios president Dermot McCormack. "Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable actors of today and viewers love the unique and entertaining style he brings to Park Bench." 

Wren Arthur and Buscemi are executive producing for Olive Productions alongside Justin Wilkes, Joe Killian and Jon Doran, who are executive producing for RadicalMedia. Buscemi and Olive are repped by WME, The Gotham Group and attorney George Sheanshang

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