Earlier this month, NBCUniversal finally let us in on what’s coming to the new Peacock streaming service this year.
OK. Hold onto your hats.
Peacock will launch in stages: April 15 just for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex Customers, then July 15 nationwide. And it’ll include payment tiers, from free to premium (costs $4.99 with ads to $9.99 ad-free).
For comedy fans, you’ll have access to lots of stuff, not just NBCUniversal, either. Peacock acquired reruns for Two and a Half Men and The George Lopez Show, and signed a deal for content from Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network.
The deal with Hart includes not just existing LOL content online, but also a Kevin Hart stand-up comedy special and an original interview series called Hart to Heart, and a series of short-form content exclusively for Peacock.
Starting in July on Peacock Premium, NBC’s late-night talk shows will be stream in primetime, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, followed at 9 by Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Content available for comedy fans will include next-day episodes of…
America’s Got Talent: Champions
Bring the Funny
Council of Dads
Ellen’s Game of Games
Hollywood Game Night
The Kenan Show
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
SERIES ORDERS, NEW AND RENEWED
The Amber Ruffin Show: 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.
A.P. Bio: 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. Starring: Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Paula Pell
Code 404: Detective Inspectors Major and Carver are the top crime-fighting duo at the Met Police’s Special Investigation Unit, until Major gets gunned down on the job. But in an experimental artificial intelligence project, he’s brought back from the dead. Starring: Daniel Mays, Stephen Graham, Anna Maxwell Martin
Five Bedrooms: This is a story of five unlikely allies in life who throw caution to the wind and hit upon a unique solution to a common problem. Ignoring the nay-saying of families and friends, they’re teaming up, signing contracts and buying a house together. Yes, it’s a grand social experiment. It might be genius, or it might be a total disaster…but they’re not putting their lives on hold for love any longer. There’s just one glaring problem: they’ll have to live with each other. Starring: Kat Stewart, Stephem Peacocke, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson, Roy Joseph
Girls5Eva: When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can’t they also be Girls5Eva? Writer/Executive Producer: Meredith Scardino. Executive Producers: Tina Fey (Little Stranger, Inc.), Robert Carlock (Bevel Gears), Jeff Richmond, David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Eric Gurian (Little Stanger)
Hitmen: The hits and (more often than not) misses of two hapless, dead broke best friends trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living. Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, misfits Fran and Jamie are not your typical killers for hire. Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, inevitably derailed by incompetence, bickering, and inane antics. Starring: Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Jason Watkins, Sian Clifford, Asim Chaundry
Intelligence: A workplace sitcom set in the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, which is a kind of weedier, geekier, more bureaucratic version of MI5 and MI6. When an arrogant, maverick NSA agent Jerry comes over from the US to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team’s ability to combat cyber terrorism. Starring: David Schwimmer, Nick Mohammed
Lady Parts: Lady Parts is an anarchic, laugh-out-loud music comedy following a Muslim female punk band called Lady Parts. It tracks the highs and lows of the band members as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussein – a geeky PhD student who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist. Director/Writer: Nida Manzoor. Executive Producers: Mark Freeland (Working Title TV), Surian Fletcher-Jones (Working Title TV)
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (Film): 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. Starring: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, Tim Omundson
Punky Brewster: In this 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 Izzy (Copeland), a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self. Starring: Soleil Moon Frye, Cherie Johnson, Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell. Freddie Prinze Jr. guest stars in the pilot.
Rutherford Falls: 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 historical statue.
Saved by the Bell: 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. Starring: Mario Lopez (Producer), Elizabeth Berkley (Producer), John Michael Higgins, Josie Totah
The Kids Tonight Show: The Kids Tonight Show is the only late-night talk show for kids, by kids. Kids doing a monologue, kids playing games, and kids interviewing the biggest stars in the world. It’s everything you love about Jimmy Fallon, but the kids are in charge.
Who Wrote That: A docuseries that gives a behind the scenes look at Saturday Night Live’s most important writers.
PAST HITS AVAILABLE TO BINGE
Everybody Loves Raymond
Jeff Foxworthy Show
King of Queens
Leave it to Beaver
Married… With Children
Parks & Recreation
Saturday Night Live
Saved by the Bell
The George Lopez Show
The Mindy Project
Two and a Half Men
Will & Grace
The Big Lebowski
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Get Him to the Greek
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Parents
The Blues Brothers
The Breakfast Club
You, Me and Dupree