NBCUniversal has unveiled a broad range of programming for the first slate of originals for its streaming service, which has officially been dubbed Peacock.
Perhaps the biggest title announced for the service is a reboot of the classic sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail executive producing. This is the third version of the series to make it to television. The original aired for one season in 1978 on ABC, which was followed by a short-lived continuation called “Galactica 1980.” Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) then rebooted the series back in 2003 with a three-hour miniseries whose cast included Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell among others. The success of that project led Syfy and Sky Television to commission a new series with the cast of the miniseries returning. That show ran for four seasons and also spawned two TV movies, wrapping up in 2009. A prequel series, “Caprica,” aired on Syfy for one season in 2010.
Peacock will also be home to a revival of “Saved by the Bell,” with original series cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprising their roles in addition to serving as producers. Likewise, the previously announced “Punky Brewster” sequel series starring Soleil Moon Frye has been ordered to pilot at the streamer.
Other shows in the mix include a new Mike Schur series, Rutherford Falls, a considerable back catalog of series and movies from the NBC and Universal libraries, and apparently their big goal: get a reboot of The Office going.
This is really going to have to depend on pricing.