Peacock are giving Seth MacFarlane another chance to put an anthropomorphized animal on TV. The streaming platform has given a straight-to-series order for Ted, a show based on MacFarlane’s two feature films about the titular talking teddy bear. MacFarlane is also in talks to reprise his role as the voice of Ted.
The first Ted film was released in 2012 and made an enormous $549 million worldwide. Naturally, a sequel followed, but it only made $215 million. Peacock have not taken that as a sign that audiences were happy with just one Ted outing, and are hoping that a whole show based around the bear will draw subscribers in.
There’s no word on what the show will actually be about, so one assumes that, like the movies, it will mostly just be Ted and pals (though probably not Mark Wahlberg) hanging out and cracking jokes.
Peacock are obviously hoping the Ted show can match the popularity of MacFarlane’s other comedy shows like American Dad! and Family Guy, and it will be interesting to see how Ted works without the animated wackiness those shows employ.
This is far from the only project MacFarlane has in the works. He’s helping develop a Smokey & The Bandit series, a Good Times animated reboot, and a reboot of 80s comedy Revenge Of The Nerds.
He also continues to star in sci-fi comedy-drama The Orville. With Family Guy and American Dad! showing no sign of slowing down, Ted will be another project to add to his already busy schedule.