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According To Seth MacFarlane, A Ted Prequel TV Series Is Nearing Completion

According to Seth MacFarlane, the new Ted prequel series on Peacock will begin production shortly, however the VFX may take some time

Ted, which was released in 2012, stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a man-child who avoids adult responsibilities in favor of getting high with his closest buddy, a mystical, sentient teddy bear. The film was a huge success, and a sequel was released in 2015. Wahlberg will not return for the program, while MacFarlane will reprise his role as the eponymous bear. John's early years with his stuffed animal buddy will be explored in the Ted series. The younger John will be played by Parenthood's Max Burkholder in the early 1990s. According to MacFarlane, the program would go into what drove John to be the burnout he is at the start of the first film.

MacFarlane delivered an update on the show's progress and suggested that cameras are almost set to roll at the Producer Guild of America's Produced By Conference. MacFarlane told The Wrap that the writing process is "pretty well along," and that production will begin soon. However, he was quick to point out that, given the amount of visual effects work required to bring a stuffed animal to life, post-production on the program will be a massive undertaking. Look at his comments below:

“You can move as fast as you want in production, and you’re still sort of at the mercy of the six, eight months, however long it takes for the CGI to be completed... So you know, in many ways, it’s what we just went through with ‘The Orville,[it] was just a massive undertaking of post-production. The show was just now airing, and I feel like we we finished shooting a long time ago.

Regardless matter how long it takes to complete the visual effects, MacFarlane's assurance that the program would go into production shortly is a hopeful sign. The biggest unknown about the Ted series is how it will do without Mark Wahlberg in the character of John. While Ted's name appeared on the posters, the films were very much buddy comedies, with Wahlberg and MacFarlane exchanging a palpable sense of hilarious energy. Time will tell if Peacock's Ted prequel will have the same dynamic, but with development allegedly ramping up, the wait may not be too lengthy.

Source: The Wrap

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