NBC Universal unveiled details this week about their upcoming Peacock streaming service, which launches April 2020. The service will be home to many existing NBC properties, of course, but there’s also a lot of new stuff. We’ve already told you about the Battlestar Galactica reboot, but here’s everything else we know so far.
There Will Be Reboots
Along with the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica, Peacock will be home to a number of other sequels and reboots. These include an updated take on Saved By the Bell, which will star original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez. Other cast members, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar, are in talks to return. His character, Zach Morris, who is now the California governor–Lord, help my time–is the catalyst for the show’s action. Governor Morris (ahem) creates a political problem for himself by closing low-income schools, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To fix the issue, he’ll send students to schools like Bayside, the setting for the original series. Presumably, hijinks will then ensue.
In addition, Peacock will also host a Punky Brewster sequel series. Punky herself, Soleil Moon Frye, will reprise her role. In a clear reference to the original series, the sequel will focus on single mom Punky meeting a spunky young girl not unlike Brewster as a child. We don’t know what the story will be beyond that, but I have a few ideas. I’m not sure if today’s kids need to be warned away from old fridges, but there are still plenty of dangers out there. The new Punky could be an excellent way to rap with the kids, I say, turning around my baseball cap and sitting backwards in my chair.
Meanwhile, as Deadline reported, while there is no Office reboot in place yet, we’re still not safe. Bonnie Hammer, NBCU’s streaming chairman, told the website that her “hope and goal” is a reboot. They want new shows to have ties to NBC’s existing shows, though, so anything is fair game. Unfortunately.
What’s New on the Peacock Streaming Service
Despite the reboots making headlines, not everything on the Peacock streaming service is a remake. Mike Schur, known for his work on shows like The Office and The Good Place, will have a new show on the streamer. It’s called Rutherford Falls and it’s a comedy, starring Office alum Ed Helms. In addition to running Battlestar Galactica, Sam Esmail will join wife Emmy Rossum as executive producers on the show Angelyne. Rossum will also be playing the title character, the Los Angeles billboard legend.
Personally, I’m quite hyped about the upcoming Dr. Death. Based on the Wondery podcast, the series will follow the titular doctor (Jamie Dornan) as the bodies and injuries pile up in his wake. Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater will also star. Moreover, an adaptation of Brave New World that started out at Syfy and moved to USA will find its final home at the Peacock.
Are you looking forward to any of these shows? Lemme know in the comments or come yell at me on Twitter.
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.