NBC’s on-demand service With revivals like “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” Peacock has already shown to be a hub for series that harken back to the great days of yesteryear. They’re now diversifying their offerings with a new series based on the smash-hit comedy “Ted.”
“Ted” was a huge box office hit when it initially came out in 2012, grossing about $550 million worldwide. The movie followed John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a 30-year-old slacker whose closest buddy is Ted (Seth MacFarlane), a teddy bear who came to life after a young John made a wish on a star.
“Ted,” which combines wild R-rated comedy with a surprisingly touching narrative of friendship, was a slam-dunk for Seth MacFarlane, who wrote, directed, and co-starred in the picture, which he had predicted would be a bomb. While the 2015 sequel wasn’t quite as successful as the first, its $215 million box office take showed that the series is still going strong.
Peacock clearly believes so, as The Hollywood Reporter reports that they have given the “Ted” project a 10-episode direct-to-series order. The program will apparently be a prequel, and MacFarlane has indicated that he would write and executive produce it. But what more about the show has been revealed?
Ted Prequel Series – Release Date
The truth is, the “Ted” prequel series is still in its early phases of development, based on the information given thus far. That implies Peacock hasn’t yet teased a release date. We can, however, make an informed judgement as to when the show will be shown.
Let’s take a closer look at another 10 episode Peacock resurrection, “Saved By the Bell,” to get a sense of how long it may take for the “Ted” prequel to go from announcement to premiere date. The series was confirmed in September 2019 (via USA Today), with filming set to begin in January 2020.
The show premiered on Peacock on November 25, 2020, a little over a year after it was initially advertised, having been delayed by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Now, there’s no way of knowing if the “Ted” prequel would follow suit, but if it does, the series might premiere as early as summer 2022. To be safe, we’d say the series will premiere in late 2022 or early 2023.
Ted Prequel Series – Casting
One of the most pressing issues around the possibility of a “Ted” prequel series is who from the original actors will return. While series actor Mark Wahlberg has yet to confirm or deny his involvement, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Seth MacFarlane is in discussions to return as Ted’s voice. However, nothing much regarding the cast has been made official yet.
Given that the project is set before the events of the first film, it is logical to assume that it will not involve many of the cast members from the franchise.
Regular MacFarlane collaborators Alex Borstein and Ralph Garman, who played John’s parents in flashback scenes from his infancy, may be an exception. However, it’s difficult to tell for sure without knowing when the series will air (we’ll get to that in a minute).
Actors that have already worked with MacFarlane should be on your radar, as he is notorious for repeat collaborations. Could we see Rachael MacFarlane, Patrick Warburton, Giovanni Ribisi, or maybe Charlize Theron in the prequel to “Ted”? Only time will tell if this is true.
Ted Prequel Series – Plotline
Putting aside the fact that this is a prequel, nothing else about Peacock’s “Ted” show has also been revealed. Another source of knowledge obtained by The Hollywood Reporter was that the project was pitched as a multi-camera comedy. However, that exact path has yet to be determined.
“Ted” has a reasonably rich past to take ideas from for a prequel, especially for a comedy franchise. Ted the live teddy bear is introduced in the first film. Not only does the video reveal how he was brought to life by John’s request, but it also shows how he became an overnight media star who made appearances on late-night talk shows before falling into oblivion.
If the series chooses to continue in that way, Ted’s days as a celebrity might be a particularly rich supply of material. If it does move in the route of a multi-cam sitcom, there’s always the chance that it will centre on Ted and the Bennett family’s day-to-day lives, similar to “Family Ties.”
But, at this moment, it’s all just supposition. We won’t know for sure until Peacock discloses more information about the “Ted” prequel series, which is currently in the early stages of development. However, what we do know thus far should be enough to pique the interest of franchise enthusiasts.
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