Peacock Hands ‘Ted’ A Straight-To-Series Order, Based On Seth MacFarlane Movies
US streaming service Peacock has handed a straight-to-series order to ‘Ted‘, a show based on the character from the Seth MacFarlane films.
The original films followed John Bennett, who, as an 8-year-old boy, wished his teddy bear would come to life and become his best friend… which it did. The now 35-year-old John (Mark Wahlberg), is still best friends with Ted (voiced by MacFarlane). However, in adulthood, his cuddly (and somewhat potty-mouthed) sidekick starts to stop John and his girlfriend Lori Collins (Mila Kunis) from moving on with their lives.
Whilst they haven’t said exactly what direction the series will take, MacFarlane is in negotiations to reprise the voice of the iconic and lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear. Wahlberg and Kunis are not expected to reprise their roles, so it will likely feature new human characters.
The original films are the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time (not a sequel or based on other IP). Collectively ‘Ted’ and ‘Ted 2’ grossed more than $750 million worldwide. MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will executive produce the new series through Fuzzy Door, via their overall deal with UCP. UCP and MRC Television will produce.
This is the second series order since MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door signed an overall development deal with UCP in 2020. Earlier this year, Peacock announced a series order of ‘The End is Nye’ hosted by Bill Nye. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and UCP, divisions of Universal Studio Group, and Fuzzy Door.
‘Ted‘ will air on Peacock in the USA. No idea where it will land in the UK, but if you want to track this show, you can add it via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.