Are you ready to Peacock and Chill? Doesn’t really have the same ring to it, huh? But what if I were to tell you the new NBCUniversal streaming service that is coming in 2020 is going to be the home to a ton of new reboots, including a new “Battlestar Galactica?” Yeah, yeah, we’re all sick of reboots. But hey, Peacock is going to have “Parks and Rec” and “The Office.” Ah, see, that’s going to get a lot of attention.
NBCUniversal has finally lifted the veil off its upcoming streaming service, giving it a title, a lineup of new projects, and still promising a spring 2020 launch (via Deadline). Yes, it’ll be called Peacock, as weird as that is. Of course, this is in reference to the NBC logo/mascot, which for decades has been a peacock. But even still, this is a terrible name, objectively. However, when Netflix was first launched, there were those that didn’t really like that title, so we’ll give Peacock the benefit of the doubt.
What the streaming service is called is far less important than what Peacock will have to watch. And in the case of content, it appears that NBCUniversal is banking heavily on the idea of reboots and revivals.
Leading the way is clearly a new “Battlestar Galactica” from creator Sam Esmail. ‘Galactica’ has been rebooted already in its history, back in the early 2000s, with the highly successful, critically-acclaimed Syfy series. It’ll be interesting to see how Esmail, the man behind “Homecoming” and “Mr. Robot,” is able to differentiate this new series from the previous one. Frankly, it’s going to be very difficult.
But that’s not all. Peacock will also be the home of rebooted versions of “Punky Brewster” and “Saved by the Bell.” Again, these are shows, especially in the case of “Saved by the Bell,” that have some large fanbases that will be expecting something similar to the originals, for sure.
Peacock will also have new series like “Dr. Death,” starring Alec Baldwin, Jamie Dornan, and Christian Slater, as well as “Brave New World,” starring Demi Moore. And if all that wasn’t enough, as mentioned above, Peacock will be the only streaming service to have “The Office” and “Parks and Rec.” For many folks, that might be enough of a sell.
Peacock doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but it is expected to launch in spring 2020.