Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
NBCUniversal is launching its new Peacock streaming service TODAY at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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In July, NBCUniversal and Comcast are launching a new streaming service, Peacock. (Xfinity cable customers will get an advanced version in April.) It will feature NBC classics like Parks and RecreationFrasierand Law and Order: SVU, as well as a wide variety of movies, reality shows, and current programming, including live events from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. It offers reboots of nostalgic shows like Saved by the bellPunky Brewsterand Battlestar Galactica† And of course, with a ton of streaming TV services now vying for eyeballs in the US, NBC also plans to roll out an ambitious set of originals to compete with rivals like Disney+, CBS All Access, and Quibi.

To that end, it has ordered dozens of pilots and several full seasons of new shows to entice viewers to add another paid subscription to their monthly budget. (There will be a free version of Peacock, but it will have a limited selection.) Some shows sound great. Some shows sound questionable. A good number have summaries that sound like they came from a robot programmed to spew out the Hollywood development Mad Libs. And so a challenge: can you tell the difference between the 100 percent real upcoming Peacock offering and the 100 percent fake shows WIRED made up? Let’s find out.

  1. Assuming: A woman. A gay best friend. A… baby? This comedy from Mindy Kaling looks at what happens when your GBF becomes your GSD (Gay Sperm Donor).
  2. brave new world: An adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s famous 1932 dystopian novel, starring Alden Ehrenreich for some reason.
  3. The Adventure Zone: A comedy based on a wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons podcast run by a close-knit but quirky family.
  4. Clean slate: A comedy about an Alabama car wash owner who is excited when his long-lost child decides to return home, but is stunned to discover that his child is a trans woman, played by Laverne Cox. (Executive producer: Norman Lear.)
  5. Moby Dick: An animated drama based on the classic novel, starring Chris Kattan as the titular whale. Three words: Female Captain Ahab.
  6. The Bongo brothers: Two brothers find unexpected fame as a bongo drum duo. Does success turn out to be easy, but keep the rhythm of family life on the road? that is difficult. With Topher Grace as the boys’ manager.
  7. Making it work: Christina Aguilera in her first starring role on television — and her second, as she plays identical twins who inherit a Louisiana bed and breakfast.
  8. Hatching Twitter: Literally a television program about Twitter.
  9. Girls5Eva Former ’90s girl group Girls5Eva decide to reunite and give teenybopper stardom one last chance… even though they’re closer to menopause than puberty!
  10. Pod Save This TV Show: Based on the podcast of the same name, the Pod Save America guys present a humorous yet enlightening talk show.
  11. dr. Dead: Based on the podcast of the same name, Jamie Dornan smoulders like a doctor who is bad at his job – deadly bad.
  12. Intelligence David Schwimmer stars as a brash maverick NSA agent who moves to England and clashes with his dweeby British colleagues.
  13. Becker 2: Back to Beckin’: Ted Danson reprises his role as Becker from Beckerwho plays his old tricks.
  14. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home: The gang of the show psych are back, and this time they will explore the topic of marriage in a made-for-television movie.
  15. Law and Order: Oz The latest addition to the Dick Wolf library, Law and Order: Oz sees a familiar face, Finn (Ice-T), embark on a new chapter of his career in Sydney, Australia. They do things like small otherwise Down Under!

Answers: 1: For real, 2: For real, 3: For real, 4: For real, 5: Fake, 6: Fake, 7: Fake, 8: For real, 9: For real, 10: Fake, 11: For real, 12: For real, 13: Fake, 14: For real, 15: Fake

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