NBCUniversal’s entering the streaming service game with “Peacock,” set to launch in April 2020. According to NBC’s official announcement, the new service will feature viewer favorites including The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation as well as new comedies, dramas, and unscripted series.
Subscribers can also expect to see feature films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, and Illumination on the service.
“The name Peacock pays homage to the quality content that audiences have come to expect from NBCUniversal – whether it’s culture-defining dramas from innovative creators like Sam Esmail, laugh-out-loud comedies from legends like Lorne Michaels and Mike Schur, blockbusters from Universal Pictures, or buzzy unscripted programming from the people who do it best at Bravo and E!,” stated Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises. “Peacock will be the go-to place for both the timely and timeless – from can’t-miss Olympic moments and the 2020 election, to classic fan favorites like The Office.”
The 15,000 hours of content will include:
- Peacock will offer a broad slate of original dramas, including Dr. Death, based on the true-crime podcast starring Jamie Dornan, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin and Golden Globe winner Christian Slater; a reboot of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Battlestar Galactica, from Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated Mr. Robot and Homecoming EP Sam Esmail; Brave New World, based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley and starring Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Golden Globe Award nominee Demi Moore; Angelyne, a limited series from Golden Globe Award nominee Emmy Rossum; and One of Us Is Lying, based on the New York Times best-selling young adult mystery-thriller.
- The platform’s new original comedies include Rutherford Falls, co-created by Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Mike Schur, Ed Helms, and Sierra Teller Ornelas, and starring Ed Helms; Straight Talk, from Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones and NAACP Image Award winner Jada Pinkett Smith; reboots of two beloved series – Saved By the Bell, from Emmy Award winner Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock), featuring original cast members including Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, and Punky Brewster, starring Soleil Moon Frye as a grown-up version of her former character; an all-new season of A.P.Bio, starring Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt; and the second movie spinoff from the long-running series Psych.
- Peacock will feature a broad array of the most-talked-about unscripted programming, including a new Saturday Night Live docuseries, Who Wrote That, from creator Lorne Michaels, exploring the famous personalities in front of and behind the camera; an original talk show series from Jimmy Fallon, in collaboration with Matador Content and Universal Television Alternative Studio; a weekly late night show starring Amber Ruffin and executive produced by Seth Meyers; and a spinoff of Bravo’s successful The Real Housewives franchise.
- Universal Pictures is developing premium original films and animated series to debut on Peacock with prominent talent and filmmakers. Additionally, DreamWorks Animation, the beloved kids and family brand and the studio behind animated hits Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, will create original animated content for Peacock, making the platform a must-have offering for the entire family.