Unscripted

TCA: Peacock unfurls unscripted, doc plans

After a slower start on the unscripted front, NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock is staking its claim in the genre with several projects, revealed in time for its winter TCA press ...
February 17, 2021

After a slower start on the unscripted front, NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock is staking its claim in the genre with several projects, revealed in time for its winter TCA press tour presentation.

Unscripted highlights include a reboot of The Real Housewives of Miami, currently in development at the streamer. It will be produced by Purveyors of Pop with Matt Anderson, Nate Green and Cooper Green serving as executive producers. Andy Cohen will also executive produce.

The series, part of the gigantic Real Housewives franchise, previously lasted for three seasons on NBCUniversal cable net Bravo from 2011-2013.

Also coming to Peacock is a new relationship format, Ex-Rated, hosted and exec produced by Andy Cohen (pictured, Watch What Happens Live for Bravo). According to the streamer, the series serves as a “revealing social experiment that looks at sex and relationships in a whole new light,” by featuring adult singles providing “exit interviews” to previous romantic partners, commenting on everything from relationship skills to sexual prowess.

The format is created and developed by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm and Mighty Productions (UK) and will be produced by BBC Studios. In addition to Cohen as EP, Eric Pankowski will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Ryan O’Dowd will executive produce for BBC Studios, and Lynn Sutcliffe and Hugh Rycoft executive produce for Mighty Productions.

Peacock is also prepping a six-part true crime docuseries, slated to debut on March 25. NBC News Studios and Rod Blackhurst (Witchcraft Motion Picture Company) are behind John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise, which follows the investigation of the serial killer and, according to Peacock, poses new questions about what may have happened and who else may have been involved.

The series will also highlight a multi-hour interview with Gacy himself from prison, only minutes of which have ever been seen. Exclusive audio and video interviews include one of his closest confidantes and his second ex-wife.

Rod Blackhurst, Alexa Danner, Elizabeth Fischer and Tracy Ullman serve as executive producers on the series. Alison True will serve as executive consultant.

Lastly on the non-fiction front, NBC Sports is prepping the three-parter Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories and More, in which the U.S. Olympian will look back at his storied Olympic career, watching each race with NBC Sports swimming commentators Rowdy Gaines and Dan Hicks.

The series is slated to exclusively premiere on Peacock prior to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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