Seth MacFarlane is set to create a live-action television prequel series of his hit film franchise, Ted, for Peacock. The writer, director and producer of the two popular comedy movies of the same name will create 10 episodes for the show.
The NBCUniversal-backed streaming service has given the television adaptation a straight-to-series order, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting. The show was greenlit after NBCUniversal Entertainment Content chairman Susan Rovner pitched the idea of reviving the series to MacFarlane during an an introductory phone call. During their conversation, the filmmaker, who also voiced the title character in the movies, suggested the idea of reviving Ted as an origin story.
MacFarlane is set to write and executive produce the series. Erica Huggins, the president of the filmmaker’s NBCU-based production company, Fuzzy Door, will also executive produce the show, which will be a co-production between Universal Pictures and MRC Television.
Ted will be the second series MacFarlane creates for Peacock after he moved his overall deal from 20th Television to NBCUniversal early last year. He previously wrote, directed, produced and starred in last year’s talk show, The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane, for the streaming service.
However, there’s no word yet when the small screen adaptation of Ted will start production. The Family Guy creator is currently focusing his attention on the long-delayed third season of his Hulu dramedy series, The Orville, which he created, showruns and stars in.
Upon its release in 2012 by Universal Pictures and MRC Films, Ted became the highest-grossing original comedy of all time that wasn’t a sequel. The success of the first movie, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, led to a sequel being distributed in 2015. The two films garnered a combined gross of more than $750 million at the worldwide box office.