In news few of you should have seen coming, NBC officials have confirmed that a fully-fledged, standalone MacGruber TV series is officially in the works, marking the first time in a decade that Will Forte‘s popular Saturday Night Live character will see regular action.
NBC is on the cusp of launching Peacock, the network’s own subscription model streaming service – something akin to CBS All Access which currently operates in Australia as 10 All Access.
Ahead of that, network officials today revealed a slate of original shows being put into development for the service. Chief among them, a full series adaptation of a movie adaptation of a recurring SNL sketch.
MacGruber last appeared in earnest in the 2010 big-screen feature film, which was something of a commercial flop at the time of release but has since become a cult favourite.
Director Jorma Taccone confirmed the news this morning on social media in typically un-subtle fashion.
— Jorma Taccone (@jormataccone) January 16, 2020
Will Forte and Taccone have co-written the series, which is being executive produced by SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels.
The accompanying series description puts the series 10 years beyond the conclusion of the original film, stating “after rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past.”
Beyond that, the Peacock slate announced today also features new shows from both Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler, whose respective production companies are putting new material together.
Peacock will also be the home of previously-announced Saved By The Bell and Punky Brewster sequel series, as well as a Queer as Folk spinoff and the third-season of the once-cancelled now-not A.P. Bio.
There’s no word yet on when, or even if, the platform will be made available to viewers in Australia.