Kicking off on May 11, NBCUniversal began broadcast of a daily variety show on its streaming service, Peacock, as well as for free via Facebook and YouTube. The At-Home Variety Show features The Orville, Family Guy, and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane and also features an enormous line-up of actors, comedians, musicians, and athletes starring in short segments, airing daily at 7 PM ET.
As reported by The Wrap, MacFarlane “will introduce each segment, which will generally be under 10 minutes and will feature performances from NBCU stars.” The At-Home Variety Show is, at least in part, meant to help raise money for charity. Peacock has announced its support for the United Way, Feeding America, and Americares and promises to help raise funds for three American non-profits selected, according to its website, for their ability to “[provide] critical services to essential workers and those communities most in need.”
The list of guests confirmed to appear on the show is huge. It includes Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Elizabeth Banks, Terry Crews, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, Ed Helms, Will Forte, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Jane Lynch, Christopher Meloni, Andy Cohen, Larry Wilmore, Glenn Howerton, Chelsea Handler, and many more. The show will be executive produced by MacFarlane, Tony Hernandez and Brooke Posch of Jax Media, Mike DiCenzo, and Erica Huggins of Fuzzy Door.
The At-Home Variety Show debuts Monday, May 11, with new episodes streaming every weekday for the next four weeks. Filmed during quarantine, it’s also the most recent show to demonstrate how the entertainment industry is beginning to think of new ways to work on TV productions while traditional methods are made impossible due to the pandemic. The BBC, for example, recently announced a Talking Heads reboot filmed without requiring its actors to come into contact.
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