US Streaming Service Peacock Releases Trailers For ‘Brave New World’, ‘Saved By The Bell’, ‘Punky Brewster’ & ‘Psych’
The new NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock gets an early rollout in the US today, as it lands for Xfinity X1 Flex customers, before the national rollout on July 15. To launch the service, Peacock released a pile of new trailers for their new Original shows.
As we know a lot of our readers are in the UK, and are possibly thinking “why should we care?” Well, Comcast, who owns NBCUniversal and Peacock, also now owns Sky in the UK. Whilst there isn’t an automatic deal in place for the Peacock Original shows (at the moment), it is extremely likely we will see some of these shows make their way across the Atlantic and on to Sky at some point. In fact, some of the Sky Originals, such as ‘Intelligence’, ‘Code 404’ and ‘Hitmen’, are already set to air in the US on Peacock, so it seems likely that will work the other way too. Check out the new Peacock Original trailers below.
Saved By The Bell
The ‘Saved by the Bell’ revival sees Mark-Paul Gosselaar return in a guest-star role as Zack Morris, who is now California governor! When he gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, Morris proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.
Along with Gosselaar, returning cast includes Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater and Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano. Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski, is not confirmed yet, but expected to appear in “some capacity”.
New cast includes Mitchell Hoog (‘Roswell, New Mexico’, ‘Daybreak’), who plays Mac Morris, the handsome, charming, privileged son of Governor Zack Morris; Belmont Cameli (‘Most Guys Are Losers’, ‘Empire’) plays Jamie Spano, the captain of the Bayside football team and Jessie’s sensitive man-child son; Haskiri Velazquez (‘The Birch’) who plays Daisy, a smart, ambitious sophomore who is excited at the prospect of attending Bayside High after her local school gets shut down; Alycia Pascual-Pena (‘Chase’) who plays Aisha, Daisy’s fun-loving, but ultra-competitive best friend. She grew up playing on boys’ sports teams and causes a stir when she tries to play football at Bayside; Josie Totah (‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, ‘No Good Nick’) as Lexi, a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students; And John Michael Higgins (‘Pitch Perfect’), who plays Principal Toddman, a man who is constantly being pranked by his privileged students and yelled at by their entitled parents, but the influx of new, low-income students gives him a second chance to really make a difference.
Brave New World
Written by David Wiener (‘Homecoming’, ‘The Killing’), Grant Morrison & Brian Taylor (‘Happy!’), ‘Brave New World’ is set in a seemingly utopian futuristic society. Whilst there is peace and stability, the people are drugged to stay “happy” and have a number of their freedoms removed, such as the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. Children are created and conditioned to play a specific role in society, which is split into castes. For example, if you’re born as a factory worker, you’re conditioned to like living in cities and have no interest in books.
As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd – ‘Counterpart’, ‘Game Of Thrones’) and Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay – ‘Downton Abbey’) have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich – ‘Solo’, ‘Hail, Caesar!’), who escapes with them back to New London.
‘Punky Brewster’ is a ten-episode continuation of the classic NBC sitcom. Original series star Soleil Moon Frye reprises her role as the titular character, alongside Cherie Johnson, reprising her role as Punky’s best friend. New cast includes Quinn Copeland (‘Waitress the Musical’), Lauren Donzis (‘No Good Nick’), Oliver De Los Santos (‘Occupation: Rainfall’), and Noah Cottrell (‘Skyscraper’). Freddie Prinze Jr. (‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’) guest stars as Punky’s ex-husband.
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home
Written, directed and executive produced by ‘Psych’ creator Steve Franks, the movie ‘Psych 2: Lassie Come Home’ focuses on Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), who is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional and possibly the supernatural.
Other original shows coming to Peacock include ‘Dr. Death’ based on the true-crime podcast starring Jamie Dornan, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin and Golden Globe winner Christian Slater; A reboot of the critically acclaimed and award-winning ‘Battlestar Galactica’ from Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘Homecoming’ EP Sam Esmail; ‘Rutherford Falls’, co-created by Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Mike Schur, Ed Helms, and Sierra Teller Ornelas, and starring Ed Helms; And ‘Straight Talk’, from Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones and NAACP Image Award winner Jada Pinkett Smith.
As I said at the top of the article, none of these shows have UK premiere dates yet, but we expect some of them to make it across the Atlantic at some point. For the USA, Peacock launched today for Xfinity X1 Flex customers, and will be rolled out on July 15, 2020, to the rest of the country.