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Peacock announces first originals for July 15 launch

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Thu, May 14th 2020 09:45 pm
Peacock will air `Psych 2: Lassie Come Home` with James Roday as Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill as Burton `Gus` Guster. (Peacock photo by James Dittinger)
Peacock will air "Psych 2: Lassie Come Home" with James Roday as Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill as Burton "Gus" Guster. (Peacock photo by James Dittinger)

Including ‘Brave New World,’ ‘The Capture,’ ‘Cleopatra in Space,’ ‘Curious George,’ ‘In Deep with Ryan Lochte,’ ‘Intelligence,’ ‘Lost Speedways,’ ‘Psych 2: Lassie Come Home,’ and ‘Where’s Waldo?’

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, announced its original content that will be available to stream on July 15, when the service launches nationally. Peacock premium customers can stream all first season episodes of “Brave New World,” “The Capture,” “Intelligence” and “Lost Speedways;” sports documentary “In Deep with Ryan Lochte;” and the entire full-length film “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home“ on July 15. Additionally, Peacock Kids is home to new episodes of “Curious George” and two original series from DreamWorks Animation: “Cleopatra in Space” and “Where’s Waldo?” Premiere dates for future Peacock originals and exclusive content will be announced later this year.

“Our variety of Peacock originals at launch demonstrates how we deliver timely and timeless content – no matter the genre or format,” said Bill McGoldrick, president of original content, Peacock. “We’re proud to establish our voice and are excited to build on our strategy to attract a wide audience to Peacock.”

DRAMA

“Brave New World”: Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, “Brave New World” imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd, “Game of Thrones,” “The Theory of Everything”) and Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay, “Winter’s Tale,” “Downton Abbey”) embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Hail, Caesar!”), who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.

“The Capture”: “The Capture” is a conspiracy thriller that looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner, “War & Peace,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again. Det. Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger, “Strike,” “Patrick Melrose”) is drafted to investigate Shaun’s case, but she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective. “The Capture” also stars Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Hand of God”), Famke Janssen (“X-Men,” “Taken”), Ben Miles (“The Crown,” “Coupling”), Laura Haddock (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lia Williams (“The Crown,” “Kiri”), Sophia Brown (“Clique,” “Marcella”) and Paul Ritter (“Chernobyl,” “Friday Night Dinner”).

COMEDY

“Intelligence”: “Intelligence” is a workplace comedy set in the UK's Government Communications Headquarters – a kind of weedier, geekier, more bureaucratic version of MI5 and MI6, where they tackle international and domestic Cyber Crime from a desktop. When a pompous maverick NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer, “Friends,” “Band of Brothers”) comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph (Nick Mohammed, “The Martian,” “Christopher Robin”) in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team's ability to combat cyber terrorism.

“Psych 2: Lassie Come Home”: Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson, “Psych,” “This Is Us”) is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage “Psych”-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (James Roday, “A Million Little Things,” “Psych”) and Gus (Dulé Hill, “Suits,” “Psych”) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever. “Psych 2” is a full-length film also starring Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen.

SPORTS

“In Deep With Ryan Lochte”: At the 2016 Rio Olympics Ryan Lochte (“Celebrity Big Brother,” “Dancing with the Stars”) was at the center of a scandal that has since overshadowed a decorated swimming career that includes 12 Olympic medals. Now a 35-year-old husband and father of two young children, Lochte is hoping for one more chance to make Team USA and prove he's not the same man he was four years ago.

“Lost Speedways”: Created and hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (“Dale Jr. Download”), this series is an exploratory look at great racing cathedrals of the past. Dale Jr. and co-host Matthew Dillner (“Dale Jr. Download”) tell the stories of speedways that have been forgotten, abandoned, and overtaken by nature. Racing legends join as guests throughout the series.

KIDS

“Curious George”: First introduced to the world of children’s literacy over 75 years ago, “Curious George” was created by Margret and H.A. Rey in 1941 and remains one of the most beloved children’s classics of all-time. The animated series targets preschool viewers and follows the adventures of everyone’s favorite monkey and his insatiable curiosity to bring delightful antics, gentle humor and heartfelt emotion to each fun-filled episode. With a focus on education, the Emmy Award-winning program incorporates early concepts in math, science, technology and engineering and encourages children to use their imagination and expand their own investigations of the world.

“The Curious George” voice cast includes Emmy winner Frank Welker (“Scooby Doo and Guess Who?”), Jeff Bennett (“The Loud House”) and Rino Romano (“Spaceballs: The Animated Series”).

“DreamWorks Cleopatra In Space”: “Cleopatra in Space​” is a comedic adventure focusing on the untold story of Cleopatra’s teenage years. Viewers can follow Cleo (Lilimar Hernandez, “Bella and the Bulldogs,” “Knight Squad”) as she is transported 30,000 years into the future, to an Egyptian-themed planet that is ruled by talking cats and where she discovers she is the prophesied savior of the future world. In order to prepare for her role and mission, Cleo is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys, figure out how to eventually get herself back home to Egypt, as well as tackling the highs and lows of being a teenager in high school.

Based on the award-winning graphic novel series by Mike Maihack.

“DreamWorks Where's Waldo?”: Twelve-year-old Waldo (“Joshua Rush,” “Andi Mack”) and his best friend Wenda (Haley Tju, “Bella and the Bulldogs”) are members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society – the international order of curious travelers who circle the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems through observation. Their mentor – Wizard Whitebeard (Thomas Lennon, “The State,” “Reno 911”), a seasoned wanderer – sends these inquisitive young adventurers on international travel missions so they can earn their stripes and someday become wizard-level wanderers too. But standing in Waldo and Wenda’s way is their rival Odlulu (Eva Carlton, “Little”), who can’t help but cause trouble wherever she goes.

These Peacock Originals are the newest additions to the Peacock library, which will continue to grow. In addition to current season programming from NBC and Telemundo, Peacock customers will enjoy access to hundreds of blockbuster movies SUCH AS the “Jurassic Park” franchise, “E.T.,” “Meet the Parents” and “Shrek”; and iconic shows including comedies “Parks and Recreation,”“30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live,” “King of Queens,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Frasier,” “George Lopez” “Psych” and “Cheers”; dramas “Law & Order: SVU,” “Downton Abbey,” Yellowstone,” “Friday Night Lights,” “House,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Parenthood,” “Monk” and “Heroes.”

The Peacock app will also feature daily programming highlights from “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Noticias Telemundo,” MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and “Access Hollywood,” and 75 streaming channels, including clip-based channels with the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from the “SNL” vault, plus news channels from NBC News Now and Sky News, and genre channels True Crime, Reality Check-In and 80s Mix Tape.

In July, viewers can watch at www.peacocktv.com or across mobile and connected TV platforms with the Peacock app. Visit peacocktv.com to learn more about the service.

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