NBC Universal Unveils Streaming Service Peacock; Slate Heavy On Reboots


Hot on the heels of Apple’s big Apple TV+ announcement last week, NBC Universal has unveiled its plans for their in development streaming service which they are calling Peacock.

Set to launch in April 2020, Peacock will will focus on delivering a variety of content from the NBC Universal corporate library as well as leveraging numerous IP titles with rebooted series.

Among the PS getting a reboot for the new streaming service are a new iteration of the science-fiction franchise Battlestar Galactica from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and revivals of two sitcoms – Saved By The Bell and Punky Brewster. Additionally, the streamer will serve as the home for the third season of the comedy A. P. Bio as it migrates over from NBC proper, while the Psych TV movie spinoff Psych 2: Lassie Come Home moves from Universal’s USA Network cable outlet to Peacock. The big-budget utopian drama series Brave New World is also moving over from USA to Peacock.

The streamer is not just relying on pre-existing properties for their programming. The have also ordered the straight-to-series comedy Rutherford Falls, co-created by The Office alums Ed Helms and writer Ed Schur and a weekly show starring Late Night standout writer and performer Amber Ruffin. Additionally, the streamer has ordered the original drama limited series Dr. Death starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater and Angelyne which draws inspiration from the Hollywood Reporter feature article that explored the identity of L.A.’s mysterious billboard bombshell.

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