Peacock Bowing Fourth Season of Kevin Hart’s Celebrity Talk Show ‘Hart to Heart’ on June 20

The fourth season of Kevin Hart’s weekly celebrity talk show “Hart to Heart” is set to premiere June 20 exclusively on the Peacock streaming service.

Unlike Hart’s raunchy comedy roast specials, “Hart to Heart” features the comedian interviewing celebrity guests in hour-long conversations about their life journeys, careers and never-before-heard memories. This season’s guests include Ben Affleck, George Lopez, Cynthia Erivo, Andy Samberg, Judd Apatow and Niecy Nash.

The third season featured Bill Maher, Dr. Dre, Dwayne Johnson, Issa Rae, J.Cole, John Cena, Mark Cuban, Sofia Vergara, Will Ferrell and Will Smith. The first three seasons of the show are available to stream on Peacock.

Hart’s talk show adds to his growing slate of content on Peacock, which includes the upcoming “Olympic Highlights With Kevin Hart and Kenan Thompson,” “Back That Year Up With Kevin Hart and Kenan Thompson,” and the scripted drama series “Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist” premiering later this year.

Executive producers of the show include Hart, Jeff Clanagan, Bryan Smiley, Luke Kelly-Clyne, Kevin Healey and Todd Yasui.

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Peacock Partners With New ‘USL Super League’ Women’s Pro Soccer

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service June 13 announced a deal with the USL Super League, a new U.S. professional women’s soccer league beginning play this summer. The streamer will become the “Official Home of the USL Super League,” beginning a multiyear agreement that includes an expanded partnership with NBCUniversal, and leveraging NBC Sports Next’s SportsEngine Play streaming service and related digital products.
 
Starting with the USL Super League’s opening Aug. 17-18, every regular season and playoff match — 115 matches — will be available to stream on Peacock in the United States.
 
Since 2020, Peacock has become a key platform for domestic soccer fans with its coverage of the U.K. Premier League, Telemundo’s Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA World Cup, and soccer at the Olympic Games. The USL Super League is the newest addition to Peacock’s women’s sports offering, which includes the Olympics, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Big Ten basketball, and championship golf, among other sports.
 
“NBC Sports and Peacock … affirm the Super League’s integral role in elevating women’s soccer and bringing more opportunities for players, coaches, and fans in the women’s game,” Amanda Vandervort, president of USL Super League, said in a statement.
 
The USL Super League is sanctioned by U.S. Soccer to compete at the Division One level. The inaugural season features eight clubs: Brooklyn FC, Carolina Ascent FC, Dallas Trinity FC, DC Power FC, Fort Lauderdale United FC, Lexington SC, Spokane Zephyr FC, and Tampa Bay Sun FC. The fall schedule was recently released, featuring 14 matches per club between August and December, before the league will pause for a winter break.
 
The USL Super League media rights agreement is part of a newly expanded partnership between the United Soccer League and NBCUniversal. The partnership was established in 2021, when the USL engaged NBC Sports Next to launch a new digital network for the league and clubs.
 
Combined, NBCUniversal platforms will stream more than 1,000 matches live or on-demand each year across the USL Super League, USL League Two, and USL W League.
 
Fans can view USL Super League matches and Peacock’s expansive live sports offering at www.peacocktv.com/sports. 
 
 

Peacock Releases Trailer for New Kevin Hart Series ‘Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist’ Bowing Sept. 5

Peacock Jun 12 bowed the trailer for new original period drama series “Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist,” starring and produced by Kevin Hart.

Based on the iHeart true-crime podcast, the series follows the story of how an armed robbery on the night of Muhammad Ali’s 1970 comeback fight changed not only one man’s life, but ultimately transformed Atlanta into the “Black Mecca.”

When a hustler named Chicken Man (Kevin Hart) hosts an afterparty to celebrate the fight with a guest list of the country’s wealthiest, the night ends with the most brazen criminal underworld heist in Atlanta’s history. Suspected of masterminding the crime, Chicken Man is hellbent on clearing his name but must convince his old adversary, J.D. Hudson (Don Cheadle), one of the first Black detectives in the city’s desegregated police force, who is tasked with bringing those responsible to justice.

Other cast members includes Samuel L. Jackson, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. Guest stars include Chloe Bailey, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Dexter Darden, Lori Harvey and Sinqua Walls.

The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, with filming at Assembly Studios in Atlanta.

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Peacock Mounts Pop-Up for Fans to Make Audition Tapes for ‘Love Island USA’ Reality Show

Peacock’s Love Island USA Villa Pop-Up is back and headed to Los Angeles (June 14), Chicago (June 22), and the Jersey Shore (June 29) to give fans a chance to film an audition tape in person for the next season of “Love Island USA.”

Visitors to Peacock’s Love Island USA Villa Pop-Up will have the chance to audition to be on the next season of “Love Island USA,” create their own “hot new bombshell” video, get their make-up done, and show off their “rizz.”

Additionally, guests will have an opportunity to mingle with ex-Islanders from previous “Love Island USA” seasons. 

Within the Pop-Up Villa, Maybelline has partnered with Peacock on a co-branded make-up room where artists will be onsite offering touch-ups with the brand’s newest launches, including Sunkisser Liquid Blush and Bronzer and Firework Mascara.

All participants must be 18 years or older and will be asked to further share details at the pop-up.

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Peacock features more than 198 hours of “Love Island” reality dating show content. Season six of “Love Island USA” joins Peacock’s growing “Love Island” roster which includes seasons four and five, the franchise’s first-ever spinoff “Love Island Games,” the U.K. series “Love Island: All Stars,” and seasons of “Love Island South Africa” and “Love Island Spain.”

Peacock to Stream ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Beginning June 21

NBCUniversal’s Peacock service will begin streaming DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical release Kung Fu Panda 4 on June 21.

The animated movie, which features the voices of Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, James Hong, Ian McShane and Ke Huy Quan, grossed more than $540 million at the worldwide box office to date, landing the total franchise at more than $2 billion since 2008.

It is the third-highest-grossing film this year.

Peacock will also exclusively stream the original Kung Fu Panda beginning June 6 and Kung Fu Panda 3 beginning June 26.

In 2024, Peacock will debut films including Oppenheimer, Trolls Band Together, Monkey Man, The Fall Guy, Despicable Me 4, Twisters, and Speak no Evil. Wicked will debut on Peacock in 2025.

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NBA Reportedly Eyeing Record $76 Billion Media Rights Deal With NBC/Peacock, Prime Video, ESPN

The National Basketball Association is reportedly nearing a record $76 billion, 11-year distribution deal that would see its games exclusively delivered by NBC Sports, the Peacock streaming service, Prime Video and ESPN.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, the landmark agreement, which would also include some WNBA games, would amount to a 250% increase over the league’s current distribution deal that prominently includes Warner Bros. Discovery’s TNT Network, which has carried NBA games since 1988.

Specifically, NBCUniversal would pay $2.5 billion annually for 100 games, with Prime Video paying $1.8 billion a year for regular season and playoff games, and ESPN paying $2.6 billion for the NBA Finals, which would be streamed on the pending Venu Sports live sports app, of which WBD is a co-owner.

WBD had an exclusive right to renew its NBA deal through April 22.

Speaking last week at the Bernstein investor event, WBD CEO David Zaslav said the company remained in discussions with the NBA, calling TNT’s “Inside the NBA” with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal “maybe the best sports television show.”

At the same time, Zaslav said WBD is a global company with its eyes on a global audience beyond basketball.

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“We’re a leader in sports around the world,” Zaslav said. “We have the Olympics in Europe. We have most of the [soccer] in the U.K. with TNT Sport, with a full buffet of content around the world. We have [soccer] in a number of markets in Europe and in Latin America. This is what we do for a living.”

Peacock’s Third Season of ‘The Traitors’ to Feature 21 Reality TV Stars, Other Notable Figures

Peacock’s Emmy Award-winning competition-reality series “The Traitors
is returning for a third season with a lineup of 21 celebrity faces, including Chrishell Stause (Netflix’s “Selling Sunset”). The series is again hosted by Alan Cumming.

The 21 contestants include Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”), Bob The Drag Queen (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Britney Haynes (“Big Brother”), Carolyn Wiger (“Survivor”), Chanel Ayan (“The Real Housewives of Dubai”), Chrishell Stause (“Selling Sunset”), Ciara Miller (“Summer House”), Danielle Reyes (“Big Brother”), Dolores Catania (“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Dorinda Medley (“The Real Housewives of New York City”), Dylan Efron (“Down to Earth with Zac Efron”), Gabby Windey (“The Bachelorette”), Jeremy Collins (“Survivor”), Lord Ivar Mountbatten (British royal), Nikki Garcia (professional wrestler), Rob Mariano (“Survivor,” “Deal or No Deal Island”), Robyn Dixon (“The Real Housewives of Potomac”), Sam Asghari (actor and model), Tom Sandoval (“Vanderpump Rules”), Tony Vlachos (“Survivor”), and Wells Adams (“Bachelor in Paradise”).

In the series set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands, Cumming plays host to over-the-top personalities who come together to compete in a series of missions with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000.

However, hidden amongst the “Faithful” contestants are the “Traitors,” whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves. Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors “murder” contestants one by one, but if the Faithful can banish all the Traitors before the end of the game, they’ll split the prize.

Last season (season two), the show became the top unscripted series in the United States across all streaming platforms during launch week, according to Nielsen. Season two was the most-watched reality series debut on Peacock. Season one took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.

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Action Thriller ‘Monkey Man’ Due on Regular Digital June 11, Peacock June 14 and Disc June 25

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the action thriller Monkey Man for regular digital purchase June 11, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc June 25. Monkey Man will make its streaming debut exclusively on Peacock beginning June 14.

The film has earned $34.6 million at the global box office.

Produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us, Nope), Monkey Man is inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage. The film is directed by and stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion) as a man with no name, scarred by a brutal childhood, who ekes out a meager living in underground fighting rings. But when he finds a way to rise up and infiltrate his city’s corrupt elite, he kicks off an explosive campaign for retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him as a boy. The cast also includes Sharlto Copley, Pitobash and Vipin Sharma. 

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Extras on digital and disc include an alternate opening and ending; deleted and extended scenes; several making-of featurettes; and feature commentary with Patel, producers Jomon Thomas and Sam Sahni, and co-producer Raghuvir Joshi.

Xfinity ‘StreamSaver’ $15 Monthly SVOD Bundle Officially Launches

Comcast’s Xfinity StreamSaver bundle, featuring discounted access to ad-supported Peacock, Netflix and Apple TV+ platforms, formally launched May 29 priced at $15 monthly for Xfinity pay-TV and broadband-only subscribers — about 30% less (about $100 a year) than subscribing to the services individually.

Customers can also combine the bundled apps with NOW TV for a total monthly price of $30. The NOW StreamSaver bundle includes the aforementioned streaming services, in addition to more than 40 live TV channels, including AMC, A&E, Hallmark, History Channel, Lifetime, WEtv, plus over two dozen integrated FAST channels such as AccuWeather, NBC News, TODAY All Day and Xumo Movies.

“StreamSaver reinforces the value of our broadband products, offering customers new ways to save money on streaming entertainment via the nation’s best and most reliable network in and out of the home,” Dave Watson, CEO of connectivity and platforms for Comcast, said in a statement.

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Dave Watson: Comcast StreamSaver Bundle Aimed at Jumpstarting Broadband Subscriptions

Comcast’s pending launch of the its branded StreamSaver bundle, offering Xfinity pay-TV and broadband subscribers ad-supported access to Netflix, Peacock and Apple TV+ for a $15 monthly fee, reflects the media giant’s attempt to reverse recent consumer trends in its high-speed internet business.

Dave Watson

Speaking at the J.P. Morgan 52nd Annual Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston, Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable, said the company’s broadband business is targeting mobile customers and streaming to lure and retain subscribers.

Comcast reported a drop of 122,000 broadband subscribers in the most-recent fiscal period, ended March 31. The company lost 55,000 high-speed subs in the first 90 days of 2024, ending the period with 29.69 million subscribers. It was the third consecutive month of broadband subscribers losses.

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For Watson, offering bundled access to third-party SVODs services with NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform, in addition to mobile high-speed internet connectivity, could lure subscribers from the legacy pay-TV market.

“StreamSaver is a companion to broadband,” Watson said. “The reason we did it was broadband.”

Watson said marketing efforts such as StreamSaver, and the ancillary $30 monthly NOW TV promotion linking 40 free ad-supported streaming television service channels with Netflix, Peacock and Apple TV+, look to grow revenue, and not just subscribers.

“Yes, we’re focused on client relationships, customer relationships, but it’s that total growth of revenue that we’re focused on when you add everything up,” Watson said.

The CEO contends that consumers are looking for simple, easy alternatives for streaming entertainment and by combining high-profile third-party SVOD services with proprietary brands and technical infrastructure, consumers will stick around the Comcast brand.

“I think it’s a home run,” Watson said.