NBCUniversal Unveils Original Programming For Streaming Service Peacock

Per Variety, NBCUniversal has released a slew of information in regards to which acquired and original programming will be available to stream on it’s officially named service Peacock.

The two most high-profile projects set for Peacock include a reboot of the classic sci-fi series Battlestar Gallactica, with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail executive producing; and a revival of Saved by the Bell, with original series cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprising their roles in addition to serving as producers. The rest of the original programming can be viewed at the bottom of this post.

As for acquired content, Peacock will be the exclusive streamng home to NBC series The Office, starting in 2021. It will also stream 30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar GallacticaBrooklyn Nine-NineCheersChrisley Knows Best, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everyone Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, King of Queens, Married… With Children, Monk, Parenthood, Psych, Royal Pains, SNL, Superstore, The Real Housewives, Top Chef, and Will & Grace. The one major NBC series it won’t have is Seinfeld, which Netflix just picked up the streaming rights to starting in 2021.

It will also include more than 3,000 hours of Telemundo’s content, including an original dramedy Armas de Mujer. Films from Universal Pictures and Focus Features libraries will also be available to stream, like Fast & Furious, Bourne, and Back to the Future franchises. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation are also developing original films and animated series.

Here are the loglines for all of Peacock’s original shows

Logline: Each week “The Amber Ruffin Show” will showcase Amber’s signature smart-and-silly take on the week. A late-night show with just the good parts – the comedy.

Logline: ANGELYNE is a limited series based on The Hollywood Reporter feature that explored the identity of L.A.’s mysterious billboard bombshell.

Logline: When disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.

Logline: From the team behind Telemundo’s hit “La Reina del Sur” comes a new dramedy series. Four women suffer their worst nightmare: the police arrest their husbands for being linked to the same criminal organization. Accustomed to a life of abundance, they will be forced to join forces in the most unusual manner.

Logline: Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, BRAVE NEW WORLD imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen, Sen Mitsuji, Joseph Morgan, Nina Sosanya and Demi Moore.

Logline: Battlestar Galactica returns to television with Sam Esmail producing.

Logline: Based on Wonderly’s hit podcast of the same name, Dr. Death tells the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Jamie Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him. Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.

Logline: Based on Karen M. McManus’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into
detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has
something to hide.

Logline: Santa Barbara Police Chief
Carlton Lassiter is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn and Gus return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever.
Cast: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen and Tim Omundson

Logline: In this multicamera/hybrid continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Logline: A small town in upstate New York is turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historic statue.

Logline: When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.

Logline: STRAIGHT TALK examines what happens when two opposing ideologies are forced into an odd coupling. The main characters will be challenged by one another, making the moral lines at which they once stood harder to define.

Logline: A docuseries that gives a behind the scenes look at “Saturday Night Live’s” most important writers.

Peacock will launch sometime in April of 2020, and will be both advertising and subscription supported. Pricing and distribution information will be announced closer to launch.

What shows are you looking forward to re-watching on Peacock? Interested in any of the originals? Think Peacock will be a worthy competitor for Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+, and HBO Max?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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