Teddy bears are known to be adorable and innocent — until Ted came into the picture in 2012, that is. This formula of having a kid-associated character saying curse words and making crude sex joke worked, prompting it to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy movie ever. But the quips don’t just stop there, as the foul-mouth bear gears up for a return to the screen with a prequel series.
an interview with Collider, series creator and director Seth MacFarlane revealed that the project will take on the same tone of the movies. “Oh yeah. It’s like a movie. There’s no broadcast standards there. It’s an R rated comedy. So our guidelines are the same as they were for the movie. It’s no different. You can say ‘f—k’, you can say whatever you want. The challenges for something like ‘Ted’ are more external. You’re dealing with a climate that is maybe a little less friendly to comedy than it has been in the past,” he shared.
“That’s certainly something that we’re mindful of because we do want to keep Ted Ted. We do want to make sure that it’s not altered. So, but as far as Peacock itself, no, Peacock’s been great. They acknowledge that this was an R rated comedy and the show is going to be an R rated comedy too. So it’s that none of that’s changed.”
The act of sticking to its roots should prove good news for fans, especially since the tone was exactly what made Ted a surprise hit at launch. According to MacFarlane, progress has been going well on the filming front:
“It’s going great. Look, it’s unprecedented to do a television series where your main character is fully generated CGI. I think for movies, we’re so used to it, but you don’t think about the fact that this hasn’t really been done to this extent for television. So that’s new. It’s going great. It’s a prequel that takes place in 1993 and embraces that era, embraces the nineties and tracks what is essentially Ted’s adolescence, I guess. Ted and John’s adolescence. And, growing up in a Boston suburb. Look, as somebody who grew up in that part of the country, it’s a fun thing to try and recreate. The sets themselves are oddly nostalgic. But it’s going great.”
A release date has yet to be set for the 10-episode Ted prequel series, which is co-written and co-showrun by Paul Corrigan and Brad Welsh (Modern Family). MacFarlane will be reprising his voice-acting role as the titular character, with Alanna Ubach (Euphoria), Scott Grimes (American Dad!), Giorgia Whigham (Netflix’s Punisher), and Max Burkholder (Parenthood) joining the cast. Peacock will be streaming the series when it drops sometime in the future.