Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted‘ seven-episode event series, based on the popular movies, has landed a trailer, along with Sky Max announcing they will broadcast the comedy in Early 2024 on Sky Max. The series premieres on Peacock in January in the USA.
Following the huge success of the global hit film franchise, Sky has revealed that the bear is taking over the small screen in a 7-episode prequel series. It’s 1993, and Ted the bear’s (Seth MacFarlane – ‘Family Guy’, ‘The Orville’) moment of fame has passed. He’s now living back home in Framingham, Massachusetts with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett (Max Burkholder – ‘Parenthood’), along with John’s parents, Matty and Susan (Scott Grimes – ‘The Orville’, and Alanna Ubach – ‘The Flight Attendant’, ‘Guilty Party’) and cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham – ’13 Reasons Why’, ‘The Punisher’). Ted may be a lousy influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship.
A note from exec producers Seth MacFarlane, Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh:
Each generation develops its own unique artistic style, its own way of seeing the world. In the twenties, it was the subversive musical phrasings of jazz. In the fifties, it was the bold brushwork of the abstract expressionists. Our generation’s unique art is streaming content based on previously successful intellectual property. In that proud tradition, we humbly give you Ted.
Our series is a prequel to the Ted movies. It takes place in the nineties but is based on the timeless truth that being sixteen sucks. The only thing that makes it tolerable is going through it with a friend, even if that friend is a has-been magical teddy bear with a foul mouth and a proclivity for drug use.
The three of us were teenagers in the nineties and grew up in and around Boston, where the show takes place, so many of these stories are personal for us. We were able to put the characters through some of the same indignities and milestones we experienced back then. Also, we made stuff up (it’s a lot of pages to fill and real life is mostly boring).
“We’re honoured to welcome the foul-mouthed, larger-than-life character that is Ted to Sky next year,” said Katie Keenan, Group Director of Acquisitions, Sky UK. “The Ted movies were a global smash hit, and we can’t wait to see what the TV prequel has in store, however, given Seth is behind the project, we know it’s going to be riotous fun for Sky customers, from start to finish.”
Ted comes from Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Co-Showrunner Seth MacFarlane. Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh also are Executive Producers/Writers/Co-Showrunners. Erica Huggins, Alana Kleinman, Jason Clark, Aimee Carlson exec produce for Fuzzy Door Productions. The series is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Fuzzy Door and MRC.
‘Ted‘ does not have an exact UK premiere date, but will air in “Early 2024” on Sky Max and the NOW streaming service. The series airs on January 11, 2024, on Peacock in the USA. If you want to keep track of this or any other shows, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when they get a UK premiere date.