Peacock Adds New Series, Stars Ed Helms and Will Forte to Expanded Lineup
Buttressing its content library, Peacock has ordered several series with top names attached. The comedy lineup includes “MacGruber,” starring Will Forte, who also executives produces the show, based on the 2010 film, and “Rutherford Falls,” starring Ed Helms (“The Office”) and Michael Schur.
“Rutherford Falls” takes place in a town that borders a Native American reservation, as it debates moving an historic statue. It also features Jana Schmieding and Michael Greyeyes.
“MacGruber,” which began as an “SNL” sketch, has an order for eight half-hour episodes. The hero’s mission is to defeat Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, a mysterious villain from his past.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (“30 Rock”) and Meredith Scardino are behind the comedy “Girls5eva,” which stars singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, who composed the score for the Broadway musical “Waitress.” The show updates a ’90s girl group that gets the band back together for another shot at stardom.
Also, to expand its late-night block, Peacock is adding nine half-hour episodes of “The Amber Ruffin Show,” set to debut in September, and the “Untitled Larry Wilmore Show,” a working title.
Ruffin was a writer and performer for NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyer.” Emmy winner Wilmore (“The Daily Show,” “The Office”) will host an 11-episode weekly series that features high-profile guests having serious discussions about politics and news events that unfold each week.