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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 de junio de 2012

Cuando John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) era pequeño, deseaba que su osito de peluche Ted fuera un oso de verdad y, por desgracia, su sueño se hizo realidad. Más de veinte años después, Ted sigue con John y saca de quicio a su novia Lori, que empieza a perder la paciencia. Para colmo, a John no parece preocuparle su futuro profesional y se pasa la vida fumando porros con Ted. A pesar de ello, John intenta alcanzar la madurez, pero parece que para conseguirlo le resulta indispensable la ayuda de Ted.

Ted 2

25 de junio de 2015

Se trata de una secuela de la exitosa comedia escrita y dirigida por el cómico Seth MacFarlane. Recién casados Ted y Tami-Lynn deciden tener un bebé. John se ofrece en donar su esperma para que su mejor amigo pueda cumplir su sueño de tener un hijo, pero inesperadamente reciben una carta legal que dice que el estado no le permite ser padre ya que no está demostrado que sea una persona. Todos juntos tendrán que unir fuerzas para luchar por sus derechos en un tribunal de justicia.

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.

Padre de Familia

31 de enero de 1999

La serie se centra en los Griffin, una familia disfuncional cuyos componentes son: los padres Peter y Lois; sus hijos Meg, Chris, y Stewie; y su perro antropomorfo Brian.

American Dad: Un agente de familia

6 de febrero de 2005

De los mismos creadores que “Padre de familia”, la serie es una visión irónica de la familia media americana, aunque llevando al extremo las obsesiones y los sinsentidos de la sociedad actual. Stan Smith, el padre, es agente de la CIA y vive en estado permanente de alerta ante la posibilidad de nuevos ataques terroristas. Intenta sin éxito trasladar a su casa la disciplina castrense.

Cleveland Show

27 de septiembre de 2009

Cleveland Show sigue la vida del vecino de voz suave favorito de todos, Cleveland Brown hasta su ciudad natal en Virginia, mientras se instala con su novia de la secundaria con sus rebeldes hijos y el suyo propio, Cleveland Jr., de 14 años de edad. Hace muchos años, Cleveland era un estudiante de secundaria locamente enamorado de una hermosa niña llamada Donna. Muy a su pesar, su amor no fue correspondido y Donna acabó casándose con otro hombre. Cleveland, una vez le dijo a Donna que siempre la amaría y si este hombre lo llega a hacer sentir mal, él estaría allí para cuando ella lo necesita. Bueno, este hombre la hizo sentir mal.

The Orville

10 de septiembre de 2017

Situada 300 años en el futuro, esta comedia dramática de ciencia ficción sigue las aventuras de los miembros pertenecientes a Orville, un buque explorador de la flota interestelar de la Tierra. Aunque parezca una gran nave, en realidad es de las peores de la flota. Y su tripulación no puede ser más acorde con esta nave. Ed Mercer es el encargado de dirigir una de las tripulaciones, lo que supone un salto en su carrera, pero todo se trunca cuando descubre que su ex mujer forma parte de la tripulación. Dentro de esta nave encontramos a una de las doctoras más importantes de la galaxia. En ella, humanos y extraterrestres se enfrentarán todo tipo de desafíos cósmicos tanto dentro como fuera de la Orville y tendrán que lidiar con todo tipo de amenazas intergalácticas.

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 de mayo de 2010

Comedia centrada en un torpe agente secreto cuya carencia de habilidad y abundancia de problemas personales le sirve como quebradero de cabeza para el y para quienes le rodean.

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