Chicken, Statue on Peacock

A comedy series about a controversial statue (Rutherford Falls) and the second six-episode season of an animated show based on a children’s book (Archibald’s Next Big Thing is Here!) premiere on the free version of Peacock tomorrow, April 22.

Rutherford Falls

The five-episode Rutherford Falls stars The Daily Show’s Ed Helms as Nathan Rutherford, a descendant of the fictional upstate New York town’s founder, Lawrence Rutherford. Nathan opposes efforts to remove the statue of his ancestor – which he affectionately calls “Big Larry.” This puts him at odds with a nearby Native American reservation, as well as his lifelong friend Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who works at the local tribe’s cultural center.

The cast also includes Michael Greyeyes, Jesse Leigh and Dustin Milligan.

The show’s writing staff includes five Native American writers, including Schmieding who is from the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux.

Helms is an executive producer.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!

Veep’s Tony Hale is the creative force – and voice — behind the animated misadventures of a free-range chicken named Archibald Strutter.

Archibald struts his stuff for two different shows on two different streamers.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing, produced by DreamWorks, consists of two 13-episode seasons on Netflix.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here! lives on Peacock.

Both programs feature most of the same voice cast members, including Adam Pally, Jordan Fisher, Chelsea Kane, Kari Wahlgren, Casey Wilson and Rosamund Pike.

In the second season of Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!, Archibald (who sounds a bit like Roger Rabbit) gets into such scrapes as having to evade a determined librarian seeking an overdue book and accidentally crashing Finly’s (Jordan Fisher) band performance.

Hale co-wrote the illustrated children’s book with Tony Biaggne and illustrators Misty Manley and Victor Huckabee.

Peacock offers thousands of hours of programming for free with commercials. There is also an ad-based premium plan for $4.99/month and an almost ad-free option for $9.99/month. Both come with seven-day free trials.

(Top image: ‘Rutherford Falls.’ Source: Peacock)

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