Today, Comcast is set to formally unveil its upcoming streaming service, Peacock, backed up entertainment giant NBCUniversal. The service will go head-to-head with other major streamers, and debut a month before WarnerMedia releases HBO Max.
Ahead of its anticipated presentation, the service has announced six new scripted shows that have entered development. The series’ hail from producers already signed to NBC (Will Forte, Amy Poehler) as well as outside producers joining the growing service (Mindy Kailing, Norman Lear).
Lear’s series will focus on female empowerment, anfd follows a dad (George Wallace) whose son comes home as a determined and proud trans woman (Laverne Cox). Also in the dock is a reboot of Will Forte’s cult classic MacGruber, a parody of Macgyver, and taking place ten years after the events of the film.
Here is the full list, plus descriptions, for each series coming to Peacock:
The Adventure Zone
Based on the McElroy Family’s wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons podcast and No. 1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, The Adventure Zone is a side-splitting and heart-filled fantasy animated comedy series that follows an unlikely, poorly equipped trio and their beleaguered Dungeon Master as they reluctantly embark on a quest to save their world.
Writer/executive producer: Adam Higgs (Orphan Black)
Executive producers: Clint McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Griffin McElroy
Old-school car wash owner, Henry (George Wallace), is thrilled that his estranged child is returning to Alabama after 17 years. However, Henry has a lot of soul searching to do when the child he thought was a son returns as the determined, proud, trans woman, Desiree (Laverne Cox).
Writer/executive producers: Dan Ewen, Laverne Cox, George Wallace
Executive producers: Norman Lear, Brent Miller
Producer: Paul Hilepo
Studio: Sony Pictures Television
Division One is a coming-of-age comedy about an underdog women’s collegiate soccer team that gets a new female coach — a former professional soccer player who’s fallen from grace — and must decide whether or not they’re going to take the risk of trying to be great.
Writer/director/executive producer: Maggie Carey (The To Do List)
Writer/executive producer: Julia Brownell (This Is Us)
Executive producers: Amy Poehler (Paper Kite), Abby Wambach & Glennon Doyle, Kim Lessing (Paper Kite), Dave Becky & Tom Lassally (3 Arts Entertainment)
Studio: Universal Television
Ellie, a fiercely independent but perpetually single music manager, has always wanted a family but never found a man worthy of the role of “father.” That is, until her 39th birthday, when she decides to ask her gay best friend and co-worker, Jonathan, if he’ll be her sperm donor. When Jonathan surprises himself by saying “yes,” it sets off a chain of events that turn Ellie and Jonathan’s personal and professional lives upside down as they try to turn their “chosen family” into a biological family.
Writer/executive producer: Chris Schleicher (The Mindy Project)
Executive producers: Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Through exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting, New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton draws on hundreds of sources, documents and internal e-mails to tell intimate true stories of companies behaving badly and technology gone awry. The first installment of this anthology series will be based on Bilton’s acclaimed book Hatching Twitter, a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles that accompanied the meteoric rise of the infamous tech company. 140 characters and a few lines of code changed the world, disrupting the very fabric of the way people communicate. This series will explore the real masterminds behind it all, how it was done, and the colossal ramifications the technology will have on our future.
Writer/executive producer: Nick Bilton
Executive producer: Patrick Macmanus (Peacock’s Dr. Death, Happy)
Studio: Universal Content Productions
After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past — Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber (Will Forte), Vicki and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil. Only to find that evil … may be lurking within.
Writer/executive producer/star: Will Forte
Writer/director/executive producer: Jorma Taccone
Writer/executive producer: John Solomon
Executive producers: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer & Erin David (Broadway Video)
Studio: Universal Television
Peacock’s order of the series’ marks another step in its plan to draw a diverse audience to its platform. The service will be ad-supported, and feature a tiered pricing system. Further info on the structure of Peacock comes later this afternoon.
The shows join an already packed line-up of original/scripted content, including Angelyne, Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, Brave New World, Dr. Death and Rutherford Falls.