NBC’s Peacock Preview

NBCUniversal has revealed the name for its upcoming streamer – Peacock – along with anticipated launch date and planned slate of films and shows.

The service’s debut is planned for April 2020, with over 15,000 hours of content. NBC will then do a big push for the service during its coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics at the end of July.

Peacock will offer both ad-supported and subscription options, though pricing hasn’t been announced. Rival network streamer CBS All Access offers two such plans: $5.99 per month with commercials, $9.99 for an almost ad-free viewing experience.

Peacock’s anticipated programming includes:

Dr. Death – A limited drama series based on the true-crime podcast, starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater

Battlestar Galactica – A reboot of the classic sci-fi series from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail

Brave New World – A limited drama series based on Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, with Alden Ehrenreich and Demi Moore

Rutherford Falls – A sitcom starring Ed Helms

Straight Talk – A comedy produced by Rashida Jones and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Peacock will also showcase two reboots: Saved by the Bell, featuring such original cast members as Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez; and Punky Brewster, with a grown-up Soleil Moon Frye.

The service will also unveil a third season of A.P. Bio, starring Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt; and the second movie spinoff from NBC’s USA Network series Psych. There will also be unscripted programming, including Lorne Michaels’ new Saturday Night Live docuseries, Who Wrote That.

Classics Library

Peacock’s extensive classic sitcom library will include The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Cheers, Frasier, Everyone Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Will & Grace, and Married … With Children, among others.

The streamer will also have such film titles from Universal Pictures and Focus Features as American Pie, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, A Beautiful Mind, Back to the Future, Brokeback Mountain, Do the Right Thing, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Field of Dreams, Jaws and Shrek.

Peacock En Español

For Spanish-language viewers, Peacock will be home to more than 3,000 hours of NBC-owned Telemundo’s content, including a new dramedy Armas de Mujer, as well as such Telemundo titles as 100 Dias Para Volver, Betty in NY, El Barón and Preso No. 1.

You can sign up for updates at Peacock.

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