Peacock streaming service announces new Tina Fey-produced series, Kevin Hart partnership, and more
Peacock is adding to its flock.
On Thursday, the upcoming NBCUniversal streaming service announced a whole slew of new shows and acquisitions, along with more information about what subscribers can expect. First up: a new Tina Fey-produced series titled Girls5Eva about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s that reunites to give their pop star dreams one more shot when they get sampled by a young rapper. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5Eva?
Peacock has also signed a multi-year partnership with Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud network. That means that Laugh Out Loud’s catalog will be included on Peacock as well as a newly-produced stand-up comedy special from Hart, an original interview series called Hart to Heart, and a series of short-form content exclusively for the streaming service.
Other new shows announced on Thursday are international drama thriller The Capture, the BBC’s UK comedy Lady Parts, new comedies Intelligence starring David Schwimmer, Code 404, and Hitmen, a racing series from Dale Earnhardt Jr., and a behind-the-scenes docuseries following USA Basketball superstars on their journey to Tokyo, produced in partnership with the NBA.
Peacock also landed the huge deal to stream Dick Wolf‘s TV universe including Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med. Plus, Paramount Network’s current series Yellowstone, Two and a Half Men, and The George Lopez Show will all stream on the new service.
And for those who can’t stay up late, now for the first time ever, NBC’s late night shows will begin streaming on Peacock early. Peacock Premium subscribers (more on that below) can get the first look at the late night shows starting in July beginning at 8 p.m. ET with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, followed by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 9 p.m. ET.
The upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics will also be featured on Peacock with live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies before they air on NBC in primetime, and three daily Olympic shows including Tokyo Live with live coverage of one of the day’s most exciting events, Tokyo Daily Digest with mid-day highlights of the Games, and Tokyo Tonight as a complement to the primetime show that will help audiences catch up on the day’s events. Live streams of more than 1,000 hours of exclusive coverage from the Tokyo Paralympics will also be available.
And speaking of sports, beginning in August 2020 soccer fans will be treated to 2,000 hours of Premier League coverage with more than 140 matches that aren’t available on television. And the Ryder Cup golf tournament will be coming to the service in September 2020.
And for families, Peacock will have access to the first pay window for films like Trolls World Tour, The Boss Baby 2, and The Croods 2, along with new episodes of Curious George and new original series TrollsTopia, Madagascar: A Little Wild, The Mighty Ones, Cleopatra in Space, and Where’s Waldo?.
As for the streaming service itself, there will be two different tiers of access: Peacock Free and Peacock Premium. Peacock Free is exactly what it sounds like, as a free, ad-supported option that provides more than 7,500 hours of programming. Peacock Free includes next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series, complete classic series, popular movies, curated daily news and sports programming including the Olympics, Spanish-language content, select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tent-pole series, as well as curated Peacock streaming genre channels such as SNL Vault, Family Movie Night, and Olympic Profiles.
Peacock Premium costs $4.99 per month for anyone except for whoever gets it bundled at no additional cost (like Comcast and Cox subscribers for now, with more bundled partnerships to come in the future). It is still ad-supported but can be upgraded to ad-free for an additional $5.00 per month — or any customer can purchase the ad-free experience directly for $9.99 per month. Peacock Premium includes full season Peacock originals and tent-pole series, next-day access to current seasons of returning broadcast series, early access to late night talk shows, and additional sports totaling more than 15,000 hours of content. Also available for $4.99 per month on all popular connected mobile and web devices for non-bundled customers.
So when can you start streaming on Peacock? Xfinity X1 and Flex customers will have early bird access to Peacock Premium starting April 15. But it won’t be until July 15 that everyone else can finally begin streaming Peacock Free and Peacock Premium.
All of these announcements come just a few hours after it was previously reported that a Punky Brewster sequel series, MacGruber TV series, comedies from Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler and a Laverne Cox-led comedy from Norman Lear were also coming to Peacock.