Get ready for a blast from the past, because Ted is making a comeback on the small screen! After an eight-year hiatus, Seth MacFarlane’s iconic 2011 film, “Ted,” is getting its own prequel series on Peacock. The show, aptly titled “Ted,” is set in 1993 and promises to bring back the hilariously foul-mouthed teddy bear that fans know and love. Here’s what you need to know.
While Mark Wahlberg won’t be returning to reprise his role, his character, John Bennett, will be back, but this time as a 16-year-old navigating the challenges of teenage life. In the series, John Bennett is portrayed by Max Burkholder, known for his work on “Parenthood.” The main cast also includes Alanna Ubach, Scott Grimes, and Giorgia Whigham. Of course, Seth MacFarlane himself will be lending his voice to the lovable but raunchy bear, Ted.
Peacock dropped a teaser trailer for the series, along with the exciting news that all seven episodes of “Ted” will be available for streaming on January 11, 2024. Fans can’t wait to see what kind of antics Ted gets up to in this prequel set in the ’90s.
Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect from the show: “In this comedic prequel event series to the Ted films, it’s 1993, and Ted the bear’s (Seth MacFarlane) moment of fame has passed. He’s now living back home in Framingham, Massachusetts with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett (Max Burkholder), along with John’s parents, Matty and Susan (Scott Grimes and Alanna Ubach), and cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham). Ted may be a lousy influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship.”
In a note from Seth MacFarlane and the executive producers/writers/co-showrunners, Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, they humorously acknowledged the trend of creating streaming content based on successful intellectual properties and expressed their excitement for bringing “Ted” to a new generation of viewers.
“Our series is a prequel to the Ted movies. It takes place in the nineties but is based on the timeless truth that being sixteen sucks. The only thing that makes it tolerable is going through it with a friend, even if that friend is a has-been magical teddy bear with a foul mouth and proclivity for drug use,” they explained.
So, mark your calendars for January 11, 2024, and get ready to relive the hilarity with Ted and his gang as they take you on a nostalgic trip back to the ’90s. This prequel promises to be a wild and laughter-filled ride!
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