Everyone’s favorite pot-smoking teddy bear goes to Peacock.
The streaming service has given Ted a direct series contract, a live-action prequel based on the 2012 film of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Seth MacFarlane will serve as the writer and executive producer of the 10-episode series and is currently in negotiations to replay his voice-over role. Neither Mark Wahlberg nor Mila Kunis, who starred in the first film, are currently attached.
The original Ted told the story of Wahlberg’s John Bennett, a native of Boston whose childhood dream brought the stuffed bear to life. Kunis played John’s girlfriend Lori in the first film, but didn’t return for the 2015 sequel. She was essentially replaced by Amanda Seyfried, who was introduced as John’s new love, Samantha.
The first film became the top grossing R-rated comedy of all time that was not a sequel or was derived from other IPs. The first and second films grossed $ 750 million worldwide.
Ted marks MacFarlane’s second season at Peacock, following a previous assignment for The End Is Nye hosted and executed by Bill Nye. As for the script, MacFarlane is also in the process of developing a restart for Smokey and Bandit; a limited series based on Herman Wouk’s World War II novels The Winds of War and War and Remembrance; a limited series on the Little Rock Nine; and dramas Skywatch and All Our Wrong Todays.
He is also in production on the long-delayed third season of Fox-to-Hulu space dramedy The Orville, which is still awaiting a premiere.
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