The emerging streaming platform Peacock has announced an action-comedy series based on a parody sketch on the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live. Peacock has announced an 8-episode pick up of the series.
The SNL sketch was a parody of the 1985 adventure series MacGyver and titled MacGruber. The SNL parody was a recurring sketch on the NBC television series, first appearing on the show in January 2007. The SNL sketch has also been adapted into a feature film from the year 2010 which however did not receive a very popular response.
Will Forte will reprise his role as the title character of MacGruber and will also co-write and executive produce the series. According to Deadline, Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig, who co-starred in the 2010 movie, could probably join the Peacock series.
Peacock Press Release:
“The highly anticipated action comedy show “MacGruber” has been picked up to series. Based on the iconic SNL parody sketch, Peacock has ordered eight half-hour episodes.
The Peacock series is an adaptation of the 2010 feature film and cult favorite of the same title, which will also feature the original creative team behind the camera.”
What’s the plot?
After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and patriot number 1 MacGruber (Will Forte) is finally released. His mission: to take down the mysterious villain from his past – Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must race against time to defeat the forces of evil — only to find that evil… could also be lurking within.
Who’s behind the camera?
Will Forte serves as writer and executive producer alongside John Solomon and Jorma Taccone who will also direct the action-comedy. Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer and Erin David also serve as executive producers. “MacGruber” is from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Broadway Video.Originally Written By Epic Dope