Peacock has announced a straight-to-series order for Ted, from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, and MRC Television. The live-action series, based on Seth MacFarlane’s smash-hit feature films released by Universal Pictures with MRC Film, will be executive produced by MacFarlane and Erica Huggins for Fuzzy Door. MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!) is also in negotiations to reprise the voice of the lovable, foul-mouthed, CGI teddy bear.
Universal Pictures and MRC Film’s Ted is 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.
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. MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door are repped by CAA, Jackoway Austen and Joy Fehily.
The platform is also offering classic anime fans a new way to stream their favorites and discover hidden gems with RetroCrush. The 24/7 streaming channel owned by DMR (Digital Media Rights) launched today on Peacock, with additional series and movies from the RetroCrush library set to roll out on the streamer in the coming months.
“Our entire DMR family deserves to be proud of the meteoric rise that RetroCrush has experienced since launching just two years ago as a social video channel,” commented David Chu, Co-Founder & CEO, DMR. “It is now widely-recognized as the go-to media choice of classic anime fans globally, and today’s deal with Peacock is yet another significant benchmark for the brand.”
Titles coming to Peacock in coming months include The Story of Saiunkoku (ColourCloud Palace), The Twelve Kingdoms, Appleseed, Arcadia of My Youth, Black Jack: The Movie, Hells, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Robot Carnival, Area 88, Ceres: Celestial Legend, Cromartie High School, Fushigi Yugi: OVA, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, New Getter Robo, Flame of Recca, Kobato, Arcadia of My Youth, Endless Orbit SSX, Gakuen Heaven, Kaiba, Library Wars, Mazinger Edition Z, Voltes V, Earl and Fairy and Fushigi Yugi.