Peacock has announced the cast, creations and official synopsis of Ted, the upcoming live-action comedy based on the films of Family Guy and Orville creator Seth MacFarlane. The streamer revealed that the series would be set in 1993 and feature Ted in the years between his birth and his first encounter in the 2012 film. Here, rather than being 35, we find a John Bennett from 16 years old, today embodied by parenthoodby Max Burkholder. In addition to MacFarlane, The Orville will contribute Scott Grimes to the project, likely raising more eyebrows among fans worried about this show’s future. The casting will be completed The PunisherThis is Giorgia Whigham.
Peacock today announced the main cast for efilethe highly anticipated live-action comedy series based on the hit movie franchise, featuring Seth McFarlane (L’Orville, Ted & Ted 2, Family Guy) ready to take on the voice of the iconic and lovable teddy bear Ted.
Ted earned nearly $600 million worldwide on a $65 million budget and was Universal’s highest-grossing blockbuster film of 2012 – something no one expected. This made it easy for the studio to greenlight a sequel. Ted 2 didn’t fare as well: The sequel failed to earn more than $100 million in the US and only grossed $216.7 million worldwide, on a budget of nearly $70 millions of dollars. This decline in interest proved significant enough for Universal to put the franchise on ice.
Here is the official synopsis of Ted:
It’s 1993 and Ted the Bear’s moment of glory has passed, leaving him to live with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett, who lives in a Boston working class home with his parents and cousin. Ted may not have the best influence on John, but ultimately Ted is willing to take risks to help his friend and his family.
MacFarlane will also direct, write, co-present and executive produce all episodes alongside co-showrunners, writers and executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh (modern family). The series hails from MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door and will be produced by President Erica Huggins. Alana Kleiman and Jason Clark will also serve as executive producers. Clark returns after producing the Ted film franchise.
Ted is the second series order since MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door signed a multi-year TV deal with UCP in 2020. Also at Peacock this year from Fuzzy Door is the disaster science series The end is Nye, hosted by Bill Nye, Emmy Award winner and renowned science teacher. Fuzzy Door will produce alongside Universal Television Alternative Studio and UCP, divisions of Universal Studio Group. The Orville: new horizons makes its debut on Hulu on June 2.
You can read character descriptions from the main series below.
SETH MacFARLANE (L’Orville, Ted & Ted 2, Family Guy) will star as “Ted,” a rude, weed-smoking teddy bear who comes to life through the magic of a little boy’s wish.
MAX BURKHOLDER (parenthood) will play the role of “John Bennett”. John is a good guy and a nice teenager who is however still in his delicate phase. With Ted’s help, John does his best to get through adolescence.
GIORGIA WHIGHAM (The Punisher, 13 Reasons Why) will play the role of “Blaire Bennett”. Blaire is a smart, politically correct college student who lives with her Uncle Matty, Aunt Susan, and younger cousin John. She’s not afraid to be outspoken and frequently clashes with her more traditionalist family.
SCOTT GRIMES (Oppenheimer, L’Orville) will play the role of “Matty Bennett”. Matty is a swaggering, blue-collar Bostonian who thinks he’s the unequivocal boss of the family and doesn’t like anyone challenging him, especially his liberal-minded niece, Blaire.