NBCU's streaming service Peacock unveiled, led by Battlestar Galactica reboot

Carla Harmon
September 18, 2019

In addition to movies and new TV series, Peacock will also "deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night and reality", which makes sense considering its programming lineup includes shows like Dateline, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live and American Ninja Warrior.

NBCUniversal's new ad-supported streaming service, named Peacock, will launch in April 2020.

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Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal will name its upcoming streaming service "Peacock", offering a broad slate of original content, including "Dr Death" starring Emmy and Golden Globe victor Alec Baldwin, the company said on Tuesday. The company owns traditional television network NBC, whose logo features a peacock. "Peacock will be the go-to place for both the timely and timeless - from can't-miss Olympic moments and the 2020 election, to classic fan favorites like The Office". This one is co-created by Michael Schur, who's had a hand in everything from The Office to Parks and Recreation to Brooklyn Nine-Nine to The Good Place, so it may be worth keeping an eye on.

While the stateside service (not global yet) will begin its launch in April, details on pricing or a specific launch date are not available.

NBCUniversal hopes to make a reboot of The Office too, which itself was a reboot of a British series, according to Deadline. No word yet if Mark-Paul Gosselaar will be back to play Zack, but Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) will reportedly star in the new take on the show. Other library titles set to debut at launch on the service will eventually become exclusive to the platform, THR reports.

NBCUniversal's foray into the streaming wars has been a long time coming, but now the mysterious competitor to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more has a name - and a few reasons for genre fans already overwhelmed with choice to tune in.

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