NBCUniversal Names Streaming Service 'Peacock,' to Launch in 2020

Brenda Watkins
September 17, 2019

NBCUniversal's new ad-supported streaming service, named Peacock, will launch in April 2020. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office". According to a press release, Peacock intends to play homage to NBC's: "Rich legacy of creating beloved films, TV series, characters and franchises that have been at the epicenter of pop culture and will continue to define the future of entertainment".

On the comedy side, the streaming service will feature new Saved By the Bell and Punky Brewster.

Along with its original dramas, fans of a sci-fi classic are in luck.

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Battlestar Galactica is getting yet another TV reboot, this time from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. First reported by Deadline, the series is one of several reboots planned for Peacock. "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", reads a logline for the show. Those titles include 30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows Best, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, King of Queens, Married ...

While the stateside service (not global yet) will begin its launch in April, details on pricing or a specific launch date are not available. And NBC also took a stab at a niche comedy-focused paid streaming service Seeso in 2014, but it folded less than three years later. For example, when NBCU previously announced it would have "The Office" on the service, it noted that the former sitcom wouldn't hit Peacock until 2021, after its current deal with Netflix expires.

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