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Peacock Doubles-Down on Comedy Reboots: Orders ‘Ted’ Series, Adds Big Names To ‘MacGruber’ Series

Jeff Kotuby

Peacock is doubling down on 2010s comedies to bolster its offerings. on Thursday, reports revealed Peacock’s orders for a series based on Seth McFarlane's “Ted” movies as well as some major star power for its upcoming “MacGruber” series.

McFarlane is slated to reprise the role of Ted, a stuffed bear who comes to life by the wishes of his best friend John, played by Mark Wahlberg, though Wahlberg and fellow co-star Mila Kunis, who played John’s girlfriend Lori, are not planned to be part of the project. The series is expected to be a prequel to the 2012 movie, which opens the door for another actor to take over the role of John.

“Ted” and “Ted 2” were massive successes in the box office, as “Ted” became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy that was based on an original property (not counting sequels or films based on other works) grossing $549.4 million worldwide. “Ted 2” grossed $216.7 million during its worldwide theatrical run, capping off a strong showing for a movie series about a guy and a talking teddy bear.

Peacock

Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that gives access to up to 15,000 hours of content including original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series.

It will include news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.

Just like other streaming services, Peacock will have their own original series including reboots of Save By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and Battlestar Galactica. They also have shows like Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.

The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like the entire Dick Wolf library including Law & Order and Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.

The service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

The burgeoning relationship between McFarlane and Peacock is surprising considering McFarlane’s longtime relationship with Fox, the network that’s been home to McFarlane’s other properties like “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “The Cleveland Show,” “The Orville,” and “Bordertown.”

Ted

29. Juni 2012

Ted ist seit Kindertagen der beste Freund von John Bennett. Doch Ted ist ein Stoffteddy und Josh inzwischen ein erwachsener Mann. Das Problem ist nur, dass sich Josh als Kind gewünscht hat, Ted möge lebendig werden – was er auch tat und seitdem ist Josh den kuscheligen Freund nicht mehr los geworden…

Ted 2

25. Juni 2015

Der kiffende, saufende und fluchende Teddybär Ted und sein bester Freund John Bennett sind zurück. Letzterem kommt nach Teds Hochzeit mit seiner großen Liebe Tami-Lynn eine ganz besondere Rolle zu. Weil Ted und seine menschliche Frau nun nämlich auch noch Eltern werden wollen, die Biologie den Zeugungsakt zwischen Mensch und Teddybär jedoch unmöglich macht, soll John Samen spenden. Abseits dessen bliebe aber auch noch eine weitere Hürde zu überwinden: Damit Ted Papa sein darf, muss er beweisen, dass er eine waschechte Person ist. Also wenden sich die zwei Kumpels an die taffe Anwältin Samantha Jackson und mit ihrer Hilfe schließlich an den renommierten Menschenrechtsanwalt Patrick Meighan, um Teds Bürgerrechte einzufordern.

While shows like “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” have since found new homes on TBS and Comedy Central, respectively, “Family Guy” still airs first-run episodes on Fox — though it has syndication rights across multiple networks like Cartoon Network, TBS, FX, and even Freeform. Sci-fi fan favorite “The Orville” is still awaiting a premiere date for its upcoming third season on Hulu.

This isn’t the first venture for McFarlane on Peacock, either — his company Fuzzy Door Productions will also help produce “The End is Nye,” a Bill Nye-powered show, for the platform. Would two successes open the door for more ventures between the two companies? Could McFarlane do more and bring his famous animated properties to NBCUnverisal’s linear channels? If he did, it could be a power move for Peacock, a service that’s looking for its next killer show.

Family Guy

31. Januar 1999

Die Griffins sind eine nach außen hin “völlig normale” Mittelklasse-Familie: Peter, seine Frau Lois, die drei Kinder Chris, Meg und Stewie - und Brian, der Hund. Der Vierbeiner ist eindeutig das eloquenteste Mitglied des Griffin-Haushaltes und der einzige, der im täglichen Chaos einen klaren Kopf behält. Seine sarkastischen Bemerkungen sind trocken wie die Martinis, die er so gerne trinkt. Brian ist der erste, an den sich Peter in Krisen wendet und das passiert ziemlich oft…

American Dad

6. Februar 2005

Stan Smith ist ein echter Vorzeigeamerikaner. Als Waffenexperte bei der CIA immer auf den Fall eines terroristischen Anschlags vorbereitet, würde er alles dafür tun, sein geliebtes Vaterland zu beschützen. Neben seiner Tätigkeit bei der CIA ist er vor allem eins: Familienmensch. Dem Anschein nach sind die Smiths also eine ganz normale Familie, wären da neben dem pubertierenden Sohn Steve und der ultra-liberalen Tochter Hayley nicht noch die Familienmitglieder Roger und Klaus. Roger, ein Alien, wurde von Stan einst aus der Area 51 vor dem sicheren Tod gerettet, und Klaus ist ein deutsch-sprechender Goldfisch – ein missglücktes Experiment aus den CIA-Labors.

The Cleveland Show

27. September 2009

The Orville

10. September 2017

Die Science-Fiction-Serie erzählt die Abenteuer der U.S.S. Orville, einem irdischen Forschungsschiff der „Planetary Union“, das mit einer bunt gemischten Besatzung 400 Jahre in der Zukunft intergalaktische Missionen absolviert.

For “MacGruber,” this new series is more like a tripling down from NBCUniversal, as the property once started off as a “Saturday Night Live” skit that parodied action-adventure television, which was then made into a movie, and now a streaming series.

Will Forte stars as MacGruber, a special operations agent who seems to struggle with dismantling bombs. He’s often flanked by his assistant and ex-wife Vicki St. Elmo, played by Kristen Wiig. The series will also see the return of Ryan Phillippe, who played Lieutenant Dixon Piper in the movie. In the series, MacGruber is finally released from prison after a decade and is immediately tasked with a mission to once again defeat a demon from his past.

The new cast members will all have pivotal roles in the series. Sam Elliott plays MacGruber’s father, Perry, who serves as his son’s sage of wisdom. While they’ve drifted apart over the years, it seems that MacGruber will need his father’s help throughout this series. Laurence Fishburne stars as General Barrett Fasoose, a highly decorated soldier who happens to be married to Vicki. Mickey Rourke plays the role of Enos Queeth, the aforementioned demon from MacGruber’s past who wants to destroy the world.

Both series are in development and do not have a release date as of yet.

MacGruber

21. Mai 2010

Der legendäre, hochdekorierte Agent MacGruber wird von einem Colonel aus seinem Ruhestand als Mönch in Ecuador beordert, um ein weiteres Mal für sein Land zu kämpfen. Die Mission richtet sich gegen den teuflischen Bösewicht Cunth der nukleare Sprengköpfe besitzt. Für MacGruber ist der Auftrag persönlich, Cunth tötete einst seine Frau.

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