Reports that Magnum PI that was cancelled by CBS may be picked up by Universal with new episodes on NBC and repeats on USA.
An American adaptation of Australian comedy Laid, which aired on the ABC in 2011, is being developed for Peacock.
The animated series, produced by 20th Century Fox, expands upon the 2019 pilot Cusack created with Princess Pictures via Screen Australia/ABC’s Fresh Blood initiative, about a divorced dad who works for a council by day but at night turns into a koala mask-wearing superhero. It was first commissioned by Hulu in March 2021.
Koala Man will air on Hulu in the US, with an Australian broadcaster yet to be announced.
Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings have been confirmed as hosts of season 39 of Jeopardy!.
Looks like NBC has discovered a way to kill off a long running soap without upsetting legions of fans- remove it from the flagship channel and bury it on another platform. I wonder where they got that idea?
Lots of reports including recently that Peacock is “struggling”.
Peacock was supposed to be Comcast’s big move into streaming, but the service is struggling to gain traction. Its subscriber total was about flat at 13 million, and while it had revenues of $444 million in the quarter, it booked an adjusted EBITDA loss of $467 million.
For comparison, as of the end of last quarter, Disney’s (DIS 4.12%) Disney+ service had 137.7 million subscribers, and Netflix (NFLX 2.40%) had 220.7 million.
It lacks scale, surely it won’t be long until Paramount and Comcast look at getting hitched, would probably mean a forced network sale.
A shame that Neighbours didn’t at least get a chance to continue on Paramount+ though. Would have been worth a gamble even if it was for a few months.
Maybe the companies can stay independent but have a joint venture streaming company…
With NBC Sports Network no longer a cable channel, all of the Premier League that’s not on NBC or USA (at most 3 matches a week) is on Peacock. I’m sure the hope is diehard soccer fans will sign up, but I’m not sure that’s going really to catapult them into the same territory as Disney+ or Netflix.
If that was the case NBC and Fox would want to stay in Hulu.
Nexstar have acquired 75% of The CW, Paramount and Warner Bros Discovery will retain 12.5% each.
NBC might cut its primetime by an hour from next year:
That’ll make Dick Wolf nervous given he has two franchises (Chicago, Law & Order) which run 8pm-11pm on NBC.