The year 2020 will be the official start of the new streaming wars, and internet streaming will start to look exactly like the cable TV that it replaced. Instead of subscribing to just Hulu and Netflix, you will have to pay for each network separately, a practice that cable companies fought hard against during its golden years when it offered ‘packages’ to give customers hundreds of channels they didn’t want. On Tuesday, NBC announced its new “Peacock” platform for digital entertainment. The new service hopes to challenge HBO Max, Hulu, CBS All Access, Disney+, Showtime, and Netflix and will offer a mix of old and new series and events. Unlike other platforms, NBC will offer ad-supported viewing, but no pricing has been confirmed at this time for the paid tier.
Peacock will offer former favorites like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” which will be removed from Netflix and Hulu respectively when the platform launches. Peacock will also offer content from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and other properties through the NBCUniversal brand. According to the company, Peacock launches on April of 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content and it will be centered throughout July for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
“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!,” said 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’.”
If you’re a fan of dramas, Peacock’s originals include “Dr. Death,” based on the true-crime podcast starring Jamie Dornan, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin and Golden Globe winner Christian Slater. There will also be a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica,” from Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated “Mr. Robot” and “Homecoming” EP Sam Esmail. The “Brave New World” adaptation that we reported earlier, based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley, will star Alden Ehrenreich and Golden Globe Award nominee Demi Moore. “Angelyne” is a limited series from Golden Globe Award nominee Emmy Rossum; and “One of Us Is Lying” will be based on the New York Times best-selling young adult mystery-thriller.
The 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; and reboots of two beloved series – “Saved By the Bell,” from Emmy Award winner Tracey Wigfield, 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. There will also be 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.”
The streaming service will also offer a range of unscripted programming, including a new “Saturday Night Live” docuseries, “Who Wrote That,” from creator Lorne Michaels. That series explores the famous personalities in front of and behind the camera. There’s also 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.
As we mentioned earlier, old favorites like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” will join hits like “30 Rock,” “Bates Motel,” “Battlestar Gallactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Chrisley 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,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Superstore,” “The Real Housewives,” “Top Chef,” and “Will & Grace.”
Movies are also included in the service. DreamWorks Animation the studio behind animated hits “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” will create original animated content for Peacock. Hits from Universal Pictures and Focus Features like “American Pie,” “Bridesmaids,” “Knocked Up,” “Meet the Parents,” and “Meet the Fockers” will also be featured. Other movies like “A Beautiful Mind,” “Back to the Future,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Casino,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Erin Brockovich,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Field of Dreams,” “Jaws,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Shrek,” and “The Breakfast Club” will be available to stream as well, including “Bourne,” “Despicable Me,” and “Fast & Furious.”
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