Peacock Is NBC's New Ad-Supported Streaming Service

Brenda Watkins
September 19, 2019

NBCUniversal just announced new details of its upcoming streaming service, including what it's called: Peacock.

After rumors upon rumors upon even more rumors, Peacock, the name for NBCU's service, revealed its programming lineup Tuesday morning and a Saved By the Bell revival is onboard. A point reiterated today with "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" provided as prime examples. The network announced the name for the ad-supported, direct-to-consumer platform, which will get the spotlight during NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics in 2020 with originals set to launch in April 2020 after the Games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Considering that NBC has been the home of late-night giants like Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon for years, it should come as no surprise that Peacock will feature plenty of variety series as well. Some of the new originals that aren't reboots include a comedy from Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur starring Ed Helms. With Children, Monk, Parenthood, Psych, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, The Real Housewives, Top Chef and Will & Grace. The American series ran from 2005 to 2013, proving immensely popular while on the air, something that continued when the series left TV and arrived as DVD releases and on streaming services. NBCUniversal confirms original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez will be a part of this new reboot, but it's unclear who's running the series or what it will be about.

What does this mean for fan favorites

Peacock is scheduled to launch in April 2020. And Soleil Moon Frye will star as a grown-up Punky Brewster. One of Us Is Lying, an adaptation of the 2017 novel, will also stream on Peacock.

The podcast-inspired limited series Dr. Death, starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. The company said that it would talk more about pricing and distribution for the service closer to the launch date.

As with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, Flex lets viewers watch streaming services over a regular TV, though they have to subscribe to Netflix and others on their own. And not only will the service include "The Office", but there could be a reboot of the hit sitcom in the future.

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