Everyone’s favorite pot smoker teddy bear heads for Peacock.
The streaming service placed a direct order for the series from Ted, a live-action prequel based on the 2012 film of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Seth MacFarlane will serve as writer and executive producer for the 10-episode series and is currently in negotiations to reprise his voice-over role. Neither Mark Wahlberg nor Mila Kunis, who starred in the first film, are currently tied.
The original Ted told the story of John Bennett of Wahlberg, a Boston native whose childhood dream brought the teddy bear to life. Kunis played John’s girlfriend, Lori in the first film, but did not return for the 2015 sequel. She was essentially replaced by Amanda Seyfried, who was introduced as John’s new love interest, Samantha.
The first film became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time that was not a sequel or other IP spinoff. The first and second films combined grossed $ 750 million worldwide.
Ted marks MacFarlane’s second series at Peacock, following a previous commission for The End Is Nye, hosted and produced by Bill Nye. Script wise, MacFarlane is also in development on a reboot of Smokey and the Bandit; a limited series based on the novels of Herman Wouk, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance; a limited series on Little Rock Nine; and the Skywatch and All Our Wrong Todays dramas.
It is also in production on the delayed third longggg season of the space-drama Fox now Hulu The Orville, which is still awaiting a premiere date.
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