Peacock expands into unscripted family content with two lifestyle series

The streamer picked up 10 episodes each of Departure Films' Backyard Blowout and Create The Escape.
April 15, 2021

NBCUniversal streamer Peacock is spreading its wings with two new original series. The DIY and home improvement-themed Backyard Blowout and Create The Escape are part of the streaming platform’s expansion into family-focused unscripted content.

Backyard Blowout sees kids take charge of redesigning the family’s backyard. Peacock ordered 10 x half-hour episodes of the series, which is hosted by Jonathan Kidder (Waffles & Mochi) and design expert Sana Garner. Participants will be encouraged to get as creative as possible, resulting in everything from zip lines to rope courses and multi-level treehouses.

Create The Escape, meanwhile, follows kids as they create escape rooms with the help of design professionals (their parents then have a limited amount of time to try to make it out of the room). Peacock also ordered 10 x half-hour episodes of this show, which is hosted by Angela Jaymes with assistance from design experts Hillary Manning and Russell Ray Silva.

Both series are produced by Departure Films. Max Weissman, Matthew Levine, Tim Robbins and Sue Seide serve as executive producers for Backyard Blowout and Create The Escape.

Peacock first launched last year with more than 15,000 hours of programming. Unscripted family content appears to be a focus for the streamer, which recently inked deals for the science-focused Bill Nye show The End is Nye and a competition series based on Konami’s Frogger brand.

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