Published: Tue, September 17, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

A Battlestar Galactica Reboot Is in the Works on NBC’s Streaming Service

A Battlestar Galactica Reboot Is in the Works on NBC’s Streaming Service

That's not stopping NBCUniversal, which just declared it's unfurling Peacock in April 2020, and blessing it with modern classic sitcoms, such as Parks and Recreation and The Office. Netflix has fought back by securing the rights to stream Seinfeld, while WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service HBO Max will have Friends and The Big Bang Theory. For years, it was a partner in Hulu; NBCUniversal's parent company Comcast struck a deal to hand over its minority share in Hulu to Disney earlier this year.

On the drama series side, Peacock is planning Dr. Death, based on the true-crime podcast, starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater; a Battlestar Galactica reboot from Mr. Robot and Homecoming EP Sam Esmale; the Brave New World adaptation starring Alden Ehrenreich and Demi Moore; Emmy Rossum's post-Shameless TV project, a limited series called Angelyne; and One of Us Is Lying.

30 Rock writer and Great News series creator Tracey Wigfield heads the reboot, which will feature original cast members.

NBCUniversal's forthcoming streaming service finally has a name: Peacock. The hit series, which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993, is finally getting a sequel.

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In addition to movies and new TV series, Peacock will also "deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night and reality", which makes sense considering its programming lineup includes shows like Dateline, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live and American Ninja Warrior. NBCUniversal on Tuesday did not announce a price.

That said, however, NBC is one of the more dominant forces in United States television, and a dedicated streaming service with cult classic reboots could help bridge the gap to cable-cutters and so-called cable-nevers that are unlikely to ever subscribe to a cable package or buy an HD antenna.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until April 2020, when the new streaming service launches, for answers.

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