NBCU’s Streaming Service Peacock will Launch with These Originals.
TV giant NBCUniversal is about to launch its streaming service, Peacock, on July 15, 2020, across the United States of America. The service will have most of NBC’s original content like Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, George Lopez, and Cheers; as well as Law & Order: SVU, Downton Abbey, Yellowstone, Friday Night Lights, House, Battlestar Galactica, Psych, Parenthood, Monk, Heroes. But the premium customers will also be able to stream the new seasons for a variety of original programs, which their representatives shared in a statement.
“Our variety of Peacock Originals at launch demonstrates how we deliver timely and timeless content – no matter the genre or format,” said Bill McGoldrick, President of Original Content, Peacock. “We’re proud to establish our voice and are excited to build on our strategy to attract a wide audience to Peacock.”
Dramas include Brave New World, The Capture, Intelligence, and Lost Speedways, apart from a sports documentary with Ryan Lochte, and new episodes for children’s classic Curious George, and two DreamWorks originals. Here’s what you can expect on launch day, and a few notable additions later.
Battlestar Galactica (July 15): Sam Esmail is the showrunner for Battlestar Galactica, a reboot of Syfy’s 2004 series, but this time with a brand new story. It explores a futuristic world where humans are at war with machines known as ‘Cyclons.’
Brave New World (July 15): Aldous Huxley’s novel gets an adaptation with Harry Lloyd and Jessica Brown Findlay. When the New Londonerers embark on a vacation to Savage Lands, the balance of an otherwise utopian society is completely destroyed. A rebellion has taken place protesting the ban of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history.
The Capture (July 15): Soldier Shaun Emery’s life seems to be getting back on track after he aas acquitted for murder in Afghanistan thanks to flawed evidence. However, some video footage of Shaun from another instance reveals that the truth may have a lot more to it. Holliday Grainger plays the detective out to solve Callum Turner AKA Shaun’s case in this thriller.
Cleopatra in Space (July 15): An animated comedy-adventure set in space, Cleopatra the Queen is a teenager who is transported 30000 years into the future to an Egyptian-themed planet ruled by cats. She soon discovers that she is their saviour and must now train to fight against the villains, as well as get back home.
Curious George (July 15): Another award-winning kids’ program, Curious George is about the funny antics of a monkey while incorporating everyday lessons in math, science and technology for children.
Intelligence (July 15): What does an Intelligence Agency really feel like? Well, you may or may not find out with this latest workplace comedy which is set in the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters. Two unlikely agents, played by David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed join forces to solve international and national cyber terrorism.
In Deep With Ryan Lochte (July 15): Ryan Lochte was at the centre of a scandal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In this documentary film, the swimmer is back to defend his career that includes 12 Olympic medals by trying out for the US team once again.
Lost Speedways (July 15): A docu-series which looks at the greatest speedways in the world… but abandoned or forgotten, Lost Speedways is created and hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. who will be joined by special racing guests.
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (July 15): A Hitchcockian thriller, this film chronicles Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), who is able to see strange things in his recovery clinic after an attack. Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulay Hill) return to investigate these supernatural occurrences.
Where’s Waldo? (July 15): The iconic children’s book gets a Dreamworks’ adaptation in this story about 12-year-old Waldo (Joshua Rush) and his best friend Wenda (Haley Tju) who are members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society -- the international order of curious travellers who circle the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems through observation.
Angelyne (TBD): Starring Emmy Rossum and from the creator of Mr Robot, this miniseries explores the life of a mysterious billboard model in Los Angeles. It is based on a Hollywood Reporter feature on her life.
AP Bio Season 3 (TBD): The comedy that was taken off air after its second season, NBC saved it to move to Peacock with Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt.
Dr Death (TBD): In this true crime story based on the podcast of the same name, heartthrob Jamie Dornan stars as Dr Christopher Duntsch, a brilliant and charismatic surgeon who became notorious for a splatter of dead patients from routine surgeries. Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater co-star as doctors who finally take it upon themselves to stop the sociopathic killer.
Five Bedrooms (TBD): When living with their families and friends doesn’t work out, five people turn their world upside down for a social experiment of buying a house together. But how will they find romance with four roommates lurking around?
Girls5eva (TBD): When a one-hit-wonder pop group from the ‘90s gets sampled by a young rapper, the original members of the group reunite to give their music another chance. However, all is not the same as there are families, careers and responsibilities to take care of. The show is created by Tina Fey.
Punky Brewster (TBD): The iconic ‘80s sitcom makes a comeback with Soleil Moon Frye who played the foster child Punky. Now, Punky is a single mother of three who meets a young girl just like herself.
Rutherford Falls (TBD): Showrunner Mike Schur presents this show about a small town in upstate New York where everything changes when the namesake Nathan Rutherford fights the moving of a historical statue.
Saved by the Bell (TBD): In this reboot of the hit teen comedy from the ‘80s and' 90s, Governor Zack Morris closes low-income schools in California, forcing many economic and social strata to integrate at Bayside High. Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley will reprise their roles as AC Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively.
The Kids Show Tonight (TBD): A late-night talk show hosted by kids for kids, with interviews of the biggest stars in the world.
Who Wrote That (TBD): A behind-the-scenes docu-series about Saturday Night Live and its most important skits and writers.
The Peacock app will also feature daily programming highlights from TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood, and 75 streaming channels, including clip-based channels like the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from the SNL Vault, plus news channels from NBC News Now and Sky News, and genre channels like True Crime, Reality Check-In, and 80s Mix Tape.
In July, viewers in the USA can watch at peacocktv.com or across mobile and connected TV platforms with the Peacock app.