September 17, 2019
In a nod to its linear TV legacy, NBC Universal Sept. 17 announced that its forthcoming streaming video service will be named Peacock and launched in April 2020.
“The name Peacock pays homage to the quality content that audiences have come to expect from NBC Universal — whether it’s culture-defining dramas from innovative creators like Sam Esmail, comedies from legends like Lorne Michaels and Mike Schur, blockbusters from Universal Pictures, or buzzy unscripted programming from the people who do it best at Bravo and E!,” Bonnie Hammer, chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, said in a statement. “Peacock will be the go-to place for both the timely and timeless — from can’t-miss Olympic moments and the 2020 election, to classic fan favorites like ‘The Office’.”
The pending service, which will be available to Xfinity subscribers and as a standalone property to non-subs, will showcase catalog series “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” in addition to new series from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
Other episodic fare includes a docuseries from “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, a Jimmy Fallon talk show, a late night series with “Late Night’s” Amber Ruffin, and another “Real Housewives” spinoff are also coming to the service.
Library content includes “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”