PEACOCK LAUNCHES NEW ELECTION DESTINATION





PEACOCK LAUNCHES NEW ELECTION DESTINATION FEATURING DEBATE COVERAGE, CAMPAIGN NEWS, DOCUMENTARIES, AND TIMELY COMEDY

Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski & Willie Geist, Zerlina Maxwell & Mehdi Hasan, and

Chuck Todd & Kasie Hunt to Host Debate Shows on Peacock

New York, NY—October 20, 2020—Always timely and topical, Peacock is ready for Election 2020 with relevant news, comedy, and documentaries gathered into a single content destination. This destination centralizes all election content across the streaming service into the Vote tab in Browse, providing easy access to live coverage, on-demand content, and channels, including new, exclusive news commentary channel, The Choice.

“We know the upcoming election is top of mind for viewers, so this destination makes content even easier to find,” said Jen Brown, Senior Vice President of Topical Programming and Development for Peacock. “We always want to provide depth and breadth of content on Peacock, especially on major news nights.”

Peacock coverage of the final presidential debate on October 22 (all times ET):

Chuck Todd, who is joined by Kasie Hunt, will lead pre-debate coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. on NBC News NOW.
Zerlina Maxwell and Mehdi Hasan to host a pre-debate show from 8:00–8:45 p.m. and provide post-debate commentary at 11:00 p.m. on The Choice.
Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist to provide pre-debate commentary at 8:45 p.m. and host a post-debate special at 10:30 p.m. on The Choice.
Both NBC News NOW and The Choice will stream the debate from 9:00–10:30 p.m.

Always-on options to help voters stay informed and ready to cast their ballots:

The Choice delivers exclusive content and fresh perspective from Zerlina Maxwell, Sam Seder and Mehdi Hasan.
NBC News NOW features the latest stories and breaking news on world news and US news, including recently launched morning show “Morning News NOW.”
Sky News offers breaking news, video, headlines, analysis and top stories from business, politics, entertainment and more in the UK and worldwide.
Peacock’s Trending section makes it easy to get the news you are looking for when you need it with updates from across NBC News.
Plus, viewers can watch “Noticias Telemundo,” “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd,” “Meet the Press Reports,” and “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” anytime on-demand.
Playlists, past events, specials and documentaries provide in-depth context for this year’s election:

News specials including “Decision 2020: Joe Biden Town Hall,” “Decision 2020: Donald Trump Town Hall,” “NBC News x Noticias Telemundo Reports Present Decisión 2020,” and “The Road to Recovery: America at a Crossroads”
Past 2020 presidential and vice-presidential debates available on-demand.
Special “On the Issues” playlist featuring a series of topical news clips in the Vote tab.
Documentaries giving a deeper look into recent history and political issues including “How to Fix an Election” and “The Way I See It” (10/23) and more coming to Peacock in the weeks leading up to election night.
Topical comedy from late-night shows and election specials give reason to laugh during the campaign season:

“Wilmore,” new episodes every Friday – host Larry Wilmore not only covers the election but also engages in the important conversations of the week.
“The Amber Ruffin Show,” new episodes every Tuesday – no matter what’s happening in the world, Amber Ruffin responds with her signature smart and silly take on the week’s news.
“Closer Look” election special – as this monumental election approaches, Seth Meyers dissects recent events, up-to-the-minute breaking news and other important facts as America begins to cast its vote.
“SNL” election special – Saturday Night Live special features fan-favorite political sketches from SNL (11/3).
Full coverage plans for election night on Peacock will be announced at a later date.

Viewers can sign up for Peacock for free at peacocktv.com. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices, including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; and VIZIO SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium with their service at no additional cost.

About Peacock:

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s new streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive Originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and Hollywood’s biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.



RODNEY HARRISON & JAC COLLINSWORTH BREAK DOWN THE WEEK’S NFL ACTION IN NEW LIVE WEEKLY SHOW, SAFETY BLITZ, DEBUTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 6 P.M. ET ON PEACOCK





RODNEY HARRISON & JAC COLLINSWORTH BREAK DOWN THE WEEK’S NFL ACTION IN NEW LIVE WEEKLY SHOW, SAFETY BLITZ, DEBUTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 6 P.M. ET ON PEACOCK

Harrison and Collinsworth Recap Sunday’s NFL Action & Analyze Takeaways for Next Week’s Games in Live Hour-Long Show

STAMFORD, Conn.—Oct. 16, 2020— Two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and new NBC Sports host Jac Collinsworth are launching a new Peacock original weekly NFL show, “Safety Blitz”, which debuts Monday at 6 p.m. ET on Peacock.

“Safety Blitz”, a live hour-long show streaming Mondays on Peacock throughout the football season, features Harrison and Collinsworth discussing all things NFL, from breaking down the previous day’s action to analyzing how it will impact next week’s games and the season moving forward.

“I’m excited to relaunch “Safety Blitz” on Peacock and to work with the talented Jac Collinsworth,” said Harrison. “Every Monday, fans can count on us to tackle the biggest stories in the NFL and deliver hard-hitting, unfiltered opinions.”

“Anytime a safety blitz is called, I’m glad to be on Rodney Harrison’s team,” said Collinsworth. “I’m excited to break down weekly NFL action with one the greatest analysts, and safeties, in football.”

Harrison, a former three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion, serves as an analyst on “Football Night in America”, the most-watched studio show in sports since its debut in 2006. The former two-time Pro Bowl safety spent 15 seasons in the NFL, first with the San Diego Chargers (1994-2002) and later with the New England Patriots (2003-08).

Collinsworth, who joined NBC Sports in March 2020 as a host, interviewer, and storyteller, contributes to Football Night in America and hosts “Notre Dame on NBC’s” pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage.

Harrison joins the show remotely from his home, while Collinsworth will work from Pro Football Focus Studios in Cincinnati.

Viewers can sign up for Peacock at peacocktv.com. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices including Android™, Android TV™ devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; and VIZIO SmartCast™ TVs and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium included with their service at no additional cost.



JOSHUA JACKSON JOINS PEACOCK’S ‘DR. DEATH’ IN TITLE ROLE





JOSHUA JACKSON JOINS PEACOCK’S ‘DR. DEATH’ IN TITLE ROLE

Joshua Jackson (“Little Fires Everywhere,” “When They See Us,” “The Affair,” “Dawson’s Creek”) will play the title role in Peacock’s DR. DEATH from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Jackson joins previously announced stars Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater in the adaptation from Patrick Macmanus, based on the hit Wondery podcast of the same name. Jackson is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.
Due to production delays relating to the coronavirus pandemic, Jamie Dornan, who originally had been cast in the role, is no longer professionally available to participate in the production.
Production on DR. DEATH begins this fall.
Based on Wondery’s hit podcast, DR. DEATH is based on the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him. DR. DEATH explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.
DR. DEATH is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (“The Girl From Plainville”) via his Littleton Road Productions banner, and under his overall deal with UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Macmanus also serves as showrunner. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Taylor Latham also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery. The series is based on Wondery’s hit podcast “Dr. Death” which has over 50 million listeners to date.
Series directors include Maggie Kiley (USA Network’s DIRTY JOHN: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY, “Riverdale”), who will also executive produce the first two episodes, Jennifer Morrison (Peacock’s ONE OF US IS LYING, “Euphoria”) and So Yong Kim (“Lovesong,” “Grand Army”).

ABOUT JOSHUA JACKSON:

Joshua Jackson can currently be seen starring opposite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in the Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere.”

In 2018, Jackson made his Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God alongside Lauren Ridloff, telling the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. It received rave reviews (The New York Times called Jackson a revelation in his role). Jackson’s additional stage credits include a successful run on London’s West End starring in A Life in the Theatre alongside Patrick Stewart. The acclaimed comedy was written by the Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award winning, and Oscar nominated David Mamet. He also starred in the off-Broadway play Smart People at New York’s Second Stage Theatre, about four Harvard intellectuals finding themselves entangled in a complex web of social politics.

Jackson most recently starred alongside Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, and Maura Tierney in the Golden Globe award-winning television series “The Affair” on Showtime. Jackson was also recently seen in the National Geographic Channel’s Emmy award winning documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously”. He previously starred on FOX’s hit show “Fringe” created by J.J. Abrams and made a cameo appearance in the Netflix Original “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.

Well known as “Dawson’s Creek’s” fast-talking, self-deprecating Pacey Witter, Jackson has been working in front of the camera for over twenty years. His feature film debut was in Michael Bortman’s “Crooked Hearts”, which he followed up with “The Mighty Ducks” trilogy, “Digger”, and “Andre the Seal”. Jackson starred in Universal Pictures’ “The Skulls”, Rose Troche’s acclaimed drama “The Safety of Objects”, the HBO Films version of Moises Kaufman’s groundbreaking play “The Laramie Project”, and in Regent Films’ “Aurora Borealis”, opposite Donald Sutherland.

Jackson’s additional feature film credits include “Sky”, “Cursed”, “Gossip”, Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil”, and “Cruel Intentions”. He also starred opposite Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta Jones in “Lay the Favorite” for director Stephen Frears and “Inescapable” opposite Marisa Tomei. He was seen as part of the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed film “Bobby” for director Emilio Estevez and starred in the psychological thriller “Shutter” for 20th Century Fox/New Regency which was shot on location in Tokyo. Additionally, he had noted cameos in Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s 11”, “Scream 2”, “Urban Legend”, and “I Love Your Work”. In 2010, he received the Best Actor Genie Award for his starring role in the Canadian Independent feature film “One Week”.

A Vancouver native, Jackson divides his time between his hometown and Los Angeles.



ASHLEY PARK REUNITES WITH TINA FEY AFTER BROADWAY’S ‘MEAN GIRLS’ TO RECUR ON PEACOCK COMEDY ‘GIRLS5EVA’





ASHLEY PARK REUNITES WITH TINA FEY AFTER BROADWAY’S ‘MEAN GIRLS’ TO RECUR ON PEACOCK COMEDY ‘GIRLS5EVA’

Tony-Award nominated “Mean Girls” star and “Emily in Paris” actress Ashley Park joins the cast of Girls5eva, the upcoming Peacock comedy from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Meredith Scardino. Park is set in a recurring role along with the previously announced cast including Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps.

When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva?

Park will recur as Ashley. Ashley was the glue that held the short-lived girl group Girls5eva together back in the late 90s. She had the most experience going in, having been part of seven failed girl groups previously.

Park can currently be seen starring opposite Lily Collins in Netflix’s hit romantic comedy television series “Emily in Paris,” which was created, executive-produced, and written by Darren Star. In theatre, Park originated and starred as ‘Gretchen Wieners’ in “Mean Girls” on Broadway in 2018, which garnered her a Tony Award nomination. The show had book and music by Girls5eva’s Fey and Jeff Richmond. In the same season, she starred in the award winning “KPOP” and won the esteemed Lucille Lortel award for Lead Actress in a Musical. Park originated the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as stepsister ‘Gabrielle,’ appeared in Broadway’s recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” and was in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony-Award-winning Broadway revival of “The King and I,” which also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. She made her Broadway debut in “MAMMA MIA!.” Most recently, Park starred in Bess Wohl’s “Grand Horizons,” a play presented by Second Stage Theater. On screen, Park can also be seen in the critically-acclaimed Netflix limited series “Tales of the City,” the Apple TV+ original series “Helpsters,” and the comedy series “Nightcap.” Park is the proud recipient of Actor Equity Association’s 2018 Clarence Derwent Award, and in 2019 was honored the inaugural Marin Mazzie Award for Empowerment by the Cancer Support Community. Park most recently became an official ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York Chapter. Park graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Park is repped by Creative Artists Agency, Brookside Artist Management, and Michael Auerbach at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner Klein.

Kat Coiro (“SHE-HULK,” “Marry Me”) is set to direct the pilot of Girls5eva.
Meredith Scardino serves as creator and executive producer for the series. Tina Fey (Little Stranger, Inc.), Robert Carlock (Bevel Gears), Jeff Richmond, David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Eric Gurian (Little Stranger) will also serve as executive producers. Girls5eva is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.



PEACOCK PREMIUM TO EXCLUSIVELY STREAM FIGURE SKATING PROGRAMMING BEGINNING THIS MONTH





PEACOCK PREMIUM TO EXCLUSIVELY STREAM FIGURE SKATING PROGRAMMING BEGINNING THIS MONTH

Figure Skating Content to Move From the NBC Sports Gold “Figure Skating Pass” to Peacock Premium Beginning With the 2020-21 Season

Figure Skating Programming to Premiere On Peacock Premium With Coverage of Skate America On October 23rd

NBC & NBCSN Continue to Present Extensive Figure Skating Coverage

NEW YORK – October 7, 2020 –Announced today, figure skating coverage will move from the NBC Sports Gold “Figure Skating Pass” to Peacock Premium beginning this month, which complements coverage on NBC and NBCSN. Fans can subscribe to Peacock Premium now ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season this month, beginning by providing access to major domestic and international competitions during the 2020-21 season.

Peacock Premium will feature select live event coverage as well as on-demand replay coverage of figure skating throughout the season. Competition on Peacock Premium will kick off with coverage of ‘Skate America’ on October 23rd with the ladies’ short program from Las Vegas. Programming from Skate America will begin with the Practice Cam, beginning on October 22nd. In addition to live coverage of the 2020 ISU Championship Events, Peacock Premium will be the home of the U.S. Figure Skating Championship Series, presented by Toyota. The Championship Series will serve as qualifying for the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which also will be shown live on Peacock Premium. The full library of archived replays that exists on NBC Sports Gold will continue to be accessible to Figure Skating Pass subscribers through the end of the 2020 calendar year. Fans can subscribe to Peacock Premium at https://www.peacocktv.com/skating.

“We are thrilled to be adding Figure Skating coverage to Peacock as we continue to expand our sports offering on the platform. Fans watching NBC Sports’ presentation of the 2020-21 Figure Skating season can expect world-class coverage as these athletes continue to prepare for competition on the world’s biggest stage,” said Rick Cordella, EVP and Chief Revenue Officer, Peacock.“This is an exciting move for the sport of figure skating in the United States, especially for our fans who will have even better access to watch their favorite skaters compete at the most prestigious competitions in the World,” said Ramsey Baker, U.S. Figure Skating’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This will increase the reach and exposure that both the sport of figure skating and the World’s best skaters have in reaching a new audience.”

The following events will be part of Peacock Premium’s figure skating coverage:

Event
Skate America
Skate Canada International
Cup of China
Internationaux de France
Rostelecom Cup
NHK Trophy
U.S. Figure Skating Championship Series (Senior and Junior)
2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships
ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2021
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2021
2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships (Senior and Junior)
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021
ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2021
Figure skating coverage will still be available on both NBC and NBCSN throughout the season, with a full schedule available this month.

Highlights of Peacock Premium’s live sports offerings include Premier League, a new primetime Sunday NFL Wild Card playoff game, Olympics and Paralympics coverage, U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and Ryder Cup golf, plus the Peacock Originals “Lost Speedways,” hosted by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and “In Deep with Ryan Lochte.”

Viewers can sign up for Peacock Premium at peacocktv.com. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices including Android™, Android TV™ devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; and VIZIO SmartCast™ TVs and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium included with their service at no additional cost.



NEW DOCUMENTARY ‘MADNESS IN THE HILLS’ TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON PEACOCK FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9[TH]





NEW DOCUMENTARY ‘MADNESS IN THE HILLS’ TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON PEACOCK FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9[TH]

‘‘MADNESS IN THE HILLS’ TO BE ROB LOWE’S DOCUMENTARY DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Peacock today announced that new documentary Madness in the Hills is set to premiere exclusively on Peacock this Friday, October 9th. The documentary marks Rob Lowe’s documentary directorial debut, as Lowe offers a gripping, emotional account of the deadly mudslides that devastated his neighborhood in Southern California in 2018.

On Friday, October 9, The Paley Center for Media will present a PaleyIMPACT program featuring a discussion on Madness in the Hills, moderated by acclaimed journalist Katie Couric, and featuring Rob Lowe; John Owen Lowe; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President & Founder, Hip Hop Caucus; Mary Anne Hitt, National Director of Campaigns, Sierra Club; and Kevin Taylor, Montecito Fire Chief. This informative conversation can be viewed starting at noon EST on the Paley Center’s YouTube channel. PaleyIMPACT programs explore how media influences attitudes, behaviors, and actions, as well as shapes public discourse on important social issues.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
In Madness in the Hills, Rob Lowe offers a gripping, emotional account of the deadly mudslides that devastated his neighborhood in Southern California on January 9, 2018. Lowe lost friends and neighbors in the disaster that killed 23 people.

To help his community heal, Lowe asks survivors and first responders to share with him their harrowing personal experiences. And to help other communities avoid similar fates, Lowe explores the role of climate change in exacerbating the disaster (see additional context below).

The “madness in the hills,” as Lowe describes it, lurks all around the planet. The film is directed by Rob Lowe and executive produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Karpf and Lowe’s production company, loweProfile. Bloomberg Philanthropies is a proud partner of the project.

“When a disaster of this magnitude struck so close to home, killing friends and neighbors, I wanted the world to know our story. It is one of the unspeakable (and perhaps even preventable) tragedies, yet one that shows resilience and hope”, said Rob Lowe. “And just maybe, we can learn a lesson or two to prevent it from happening again.”

ADDITIONAL CONTEXT:
In December 2017, a massive fire – the Thomas Fire – raged through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroying more than 1,063 buildings over 40 days. The fires scorched the soil, weakening its ability to absorb rainwater.

When a major rainstorm arrived a month later, it triggered the deadly Montecito mudslides that are the subject of this film. Wildfires have been causing increasing devastation across the American West, fueled by hotter, drier weather caused by climate change – and highlighting the urgent need for bold action to reduce the greenhouse gases that are warming our planet. At the same time, it’s important to note other factors, including regulation and oversight of power utilities. Ventura County Fire Department investigators, along with teams from Cal Fire and the US Forest Service, found that the Thomas Fire was started by two power lines that slapped together during high winds – suggesting that the tragedy could have been avoided.

We must ensure that companies that provide us with important services, including energy, maintain up to date infrastructure and monitoring to ensure that the highest safety precautions are in place. The public has a role to play as well, especially homeowners who live in areas prone to fire. That includes using flame-retardant materials and removing leaves and other flammable debris from the possible path of fire.

ABOUT PEACOCK: Peacock is NBCUniversal’s new streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood’s biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.



COMEDY ICON PAULA PELL JOINS PEACOCK’S GIRLS5EVA ALONGSIDE SARA BAREILLES, RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY AND BUSY PHILIPPS





COMEDY ICON PAULA PELL JOINS PEACOCK’S GIRLS5EVA ALONGSIDE SARA BAREILLES, RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY AND BUSY PHILIPPS

Emmy® winning “Saturday Night Live” mainstay and comedy icon Paula Pell will join the cast of Girls5eva, the upcoming Peacock comedy from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Meredith Scardino. Pell is the latest actress to join the distinguished on-screen girl group featuring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Busy Philipps. Pell also stars in A.P. BIO on Peacock.
Pell will star as Gloria. Since the group disbanded, she has since become a dentist and come out of the closet. Now living with her elderly father, she yearns for more in life than looking in people’s mouths and giving her dad heart pills.
When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva?
Pell has achieved almost legendary status in comedy circles, both as a screenwriter and actress. She stars in Peacock’s comedy “A.P. Bio” and writes, stars and produces in the UTV comedy series, “The Mapleworth Murders.” Other projects of note include the Elaine Stritch inspired performance in “Documentary Now,” last year’s hit comedy “Wine Country” and numerous critically acclaimed films, including “Birdman” and “Inside Out.” She also executive produced the Judd Apatow film, “This Is 40.” It was recently announced that Pell will be executive producing the upcoming variety special, “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.” Pell is most well known as a comedy writer and is renowned for her work on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where she spent 20 years creating many of America’s favorite sketches and characters. In 2020, Paula won the prestigious WGA East’s Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence at the 72nd annual WGA Awards. Pell is repped by WME, Narrative and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP
Kat Coiro (“SHE-HULK,” “Marry Me”) is set to direct the pilot of Girls5eva
Meredith Scardino serves as creator and executive producer for the series. Tina Fey (Little Stranger, Inc.), Robert Carlock (Bevel Gears), Jeff Richmond, David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Eric Gurian (Little Stranger) will also serve as executive producers. Girls5eva is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.



GRIPPING DRAMA ‘SAVE ME TOO’ TO LAUNCH ON PEACOCK ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5





GRIPPING DRAMA ‘SAVE ME TOO’ TO LAUNCH ON PEACOCK ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

SAVE ME TOO is the second season of the award-winning thriller SAVE ME, which is currently streaming on Peacock.

In the dramatic continuation of season one, SAVE ME TOO heads deeper into a dark, hidden world. Nelly Rowe’s life was turned upside down when he was accused of abducting the daughter he barely knew. Now, 17 months later, his daughter Jody is still missing but Nelly’s quest to find her lives on as he put his relationships, and his life, on the line. New potential suspects are revealed, and long buried secrets unearthed as Nelly is torn between protecting Grace, the young woman he found in a caravan park, and continuing his mission to find Jody.

SAVE ME TOO premieres on Peacock on Thursday, November 5.
“With SAVE ME and SAVE ME TOO, we wanted to tell a story about redemption wrapped in a thriller, set in a part of London few thrillers are set in, populated by characters I know but rarely see wholly depicted on TV and led by the most unlikely of heroes,” said Lennie James. “I also wanted to throw in a love story or two! That was what we wanted to do, and that is what we pretty much did. I am immensely proud of both seasons, and I am thrilled that Peacock will be delivering them to viewers in the States.”
The trailer is available to view/share now: https://youtu.be/dbDltlRFyM0
The series stars Lennie James (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Suranne Jones (“Gentleman Jack”), Stephen Graham (“Code 404”), Jason Flemyng (“Two Weeks to Live”), Adrian Edmondson (“Bancroft”) and Lesley Manville (“Harlots”).
SAVE ME TOO was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content and Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios with Kara Manley as the executive producer for Sky. The series, which was created and written by Lennie James, is produced by World Productions in association with Sky Studios. Executive producers are Lennie James, Simon Heath for World Productions and Jessica Sykes for Independent Talent Group. Lizzie Rusbridger is producer and Jim Loach and Coky Giedroyc are directors. International distribution for the series is handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution for Sky Studios.



THE BAND IS COMING TOGETHER: BUSY PHILIPPS JOINS NEW PEACOCK COMEDY ‘GIRLS5EVA’ FROM TINA FEY





THE BAND IS COMING TOGETHER: BUSY PHILIPPS JOINS NEW PEACOCK COMEDY ‘GIRLS5EVA’ FROM TINA FEY

New York Times Best-Selling author, actor, activist, writer and host Busy Philipps is set to star in Girls5eva, the upcoming Peacock comedy from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Meredith Scardino. Philipps joins the previously announced cast including Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Emmy nominee and Broadway actress Sara Bareilles, and Grammy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Renée Elise Goldsberry.

Philipps will star as Summer, the most bubbly, but least talented member of the group. Summer is now a “Real Housewives” reject in yoga pants living in a New Jersey McMansion.

When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva?

Philipps is a New York Times Best-Selling author, actor, activist, writer, podcast host, and previous late-night talk show host of “Busy Tonight.” Philipps served as executive producer on the show, alongside Tina Fey.  In 2018, Philipps released a collection of humorous autobiographical essays in her book “This Will Only Hurt A Little” that was immediately a New York Times Best Seller the first week. The book offers unfiltered and candid stories and was published by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone division.  On the big screen, Philipps was in the romantic comedy, “I Feel Pretty,” opposite Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams, and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. She also appeared in Joel Edgerton’s thriller “The Gift,” alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. On television, Philipps was last seen in “Vice Principals,” an 18-episode comedy from the creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Her other television credits include, starring opposite of Courteney Cox on the popular comedy “Cougar Town,” starring in Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s critically praised series “Freaks and Geeks,” and she was a series regular in Kevin Williamson’s award- winning coming-of-age series “Dawson’s Creek.” Philipps is represented by Carrie Byalick at B. Company, ICM and attorney Cheryl Snow at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.

Kat Coiro (“SHE-HULK,” “Marry Me”) is set to direct the pilot of Girls5eva.
Meredith Scardino serves as creator and executive producer for the series. Tina Fey (Little Stranger, Inc.), Robert Carlock (Bevel Gears), Jeff Richmond, David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Eric Gurian (Little Stranger) will also serve as executive producers. Girls5eva is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.



PEACOCK TO DEBUT ORIGINAL NEWS SHOWS FEATURING MEHDI HASAN AND ZERLINA MAXWELL





PEACOCK TO DEBUT ORIGINAL NEWS SHOWS FEATURING MEHDI HASAN AND ZERLINA MAXWELL

“The Mehdi Hasan Show” and “Zerlina.” to Begin

Streaming October 5 on Peacock’s New Channel, The Choice

NEW YORK—October 2, 2020—Peacock today announced two original news shows featuring some of the media landscape’s most provocative voices—Mehdi Hasan and Zerlina Maxwell—that will debut on October 5. “The Mehdi Hasan Show” and “Zerlina.” add thought-provoking discourse and deep analysis to Peacock’s new, exclusive news commentary channel, The Choice.

“News is a key differentiator for Peacock and we’re excited to bring more original and popular news programming to the platform. We will continue to expand news content on Peacock with a focus on aggregating varied perspectives and diverse voices,” said Jen Brown, SVP of Topical Programming and Development for Peacock.

“The Mehdi Hasan Show” will feature insightful reporting and probing interviews that examine the day’s events and provide a deeper level of context for the politics of our interconnected society. Mehdi Hasan is an award-winning journalist known for riveting one-on-one conversations, as well as his coverage of national politics, current affairs, and global news. Hasan worked as a senior columnist and host of the podcast “Deconstructed” at The Intercept. He was previously a political commentator and presenter at Al Jazeera. Hasan will also serve as a political analyst for MSNBC.

“I’m thrilled to host this new show and also to be part of an exciting roster of programming as we launch this new channel under Peacock,” said Mehdi Hasan. “At this crucial time, it’s essential to hold people in power to account, which I aim to do on the show.”

“Zerlina.” will offer incisive and timely coverage of politics and current events through in-depth conversations that unpack the latest developments in this era’s breakneck news cycle and will draw back the curtain on their real-world consequences. Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and host known for her clear, relatable, and insightful commentary, and she is the author of “The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide”. She worked as a field organizer for the Barack Obama campaign in 2008 and as the director of progressive media for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. Currently, Maxwell is the head of progressive programming for SiriusXM, the co-host of the award-winning SiriusXM show “Signal Boost”, and a regular contributor to MSNBC.

“We’re developing a show to help people think through how news affects their individual lives and our culture as a whole,” said Zerlina Maxwell. “Peacock provides a fantastic platform for the show to be seen by a broad audience.”

The Choice lineup also includes political talk show “The Majority Report”, which is hosted by Sam Seder and features progressive news commentary and longform conversations daily. Saturday nights on “The Choice” feature replays of “WILMORE” and “The Amber Ruffin Show”, the late-night block of Peacock Originals.

The Choice on Peacock schedule (all times ET)

5:00 p.m. “The Majority Report” (new Monday–Friday)
6:00 p.m. “Zerlina.” (new Monday–Friday)
7:00 p.m. “The Mehdi Hasan Show” (new Monday–Friday)
10:00 p.m. “WILMORE” (replay Saturday)
10:30 p.m. “The Amber Ruffin Show” (replay Saturday)
The progressive channel deepens Peacock’s news offerings, which also include streaming channels NBC News NOW, TODAY All Day, and Sky News, as well as Noticias Telemundo on demand.

Viewers can sign up for Peacock for free at peacocktv.com. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices, including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; and VIZIO SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium with their service at no additional cost.

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