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MacFarlane’s TED series set to premiere in Oz and US with Binge and Peacock

Comedy series Ted

Foxtel’s Binge streaming service has acquired Seth MacFarlane’s episodic series Ted, the prequel to the feature films.

Binge will premiere the series to Australian audiences on January 11 in tandem with the US release on Peacock. MacFarlane remains the voice of Ted and has taken on multiple roles in the series serving as executive producer, writer, director and co-showrunner.

Set in 1993, Ted depicts the life of the titular character and his relationship with best friend 16-year-old John Bennett, portrayed by Max Burkholder in the bear’s post-fame days.

The series has a strong Australian affiliation as Melbourne’s VFX studio Framestore originally created the digital character for the first and second Ted films and was re-contracted for the series prequel.

The current Ted project represents the largest package of VFX work ever attracted to the state of Victoria, contributing up to A$22m (US$14.57m) into the Victorian economy. It created 156 local jobs at Framestore, where the team worked on the series for over a year.

Framestore executive VFX producer Ineke Majoor said: “I started discussions with Fuzzy Door’s executive Jason Clark back in 2021 around the feasibility of bringing our beloved Ted character to a streaming series for Peacock Entertainment. It was a daunting prospect to say the least producing over 2,400 Ted shots within a year. By far the biggest project that Framestore’s Melbourne team has ever undertaken and the results are nothing short of astonishing. Seth McFarlane clearly agrees.”

Ted is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Fuzzy Door and MRC Television for Peacock, with Victorian VFX work facilitated by Matchbox Pictures.

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