Seth MacFarlane Says Ted TV Series is Close to Production But Cannot Be Rushed

It looks like it will not be too long before cameras start rolling on Seth MacFarlane’s new Ted prequel TV series, but fans should still prepare for a little bit of a wait to see the final result as there will be a lot of effects work needed to bring the foul-mouthed bear to life again. It has been seven years since MacFarlane last voiced the character of Ted, and the recent announcement that Peacock would be bringing him to the small screen was welcomed by fans, especially with MacFarlane back for the project. Now the Family Guy creator has revealed that production will be starting soon, but filming is only a tiny part of the work ahead.


MacFarlane recently spoke at the Producer Guild of America’s Produced by Conference, and as reported by The Wrap, he was able to give a little update on where the show is at concerning its development. While he did provide a bit of encouraging news, it came with a strong caveat that there is a “massive undertaking” for VFX to be delivered in post-production. He said:

“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.”

Ted’s Return Comes Without Any of The Movie’s Stars

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The TV prequel of Ted will take the story back to the 1990s, when Ted’s owner and friend John is much younger than in his film appearances when Mark Wahlberg played him. While MacFarlane is able to reprise his voice role as Ted without issue, the new series’s timeline has required recasting of the role of John, who will now be portrayed by Parenthood’s Max Burkholder. According to the details released on the show’s plot, the story will see what happened in the years before the pair became washed up as they are seen in the movies.

Recently MacFarlane shared with GQ that the process of bringing Ted to the small screen has been much more of a challenge than he originally expected as it comes with such different requirements to a feature film. He said:

“It’s interesting, we’re doing a Ted series now for Peacock and initially it’s like ‘Okay, this is a 22-minute series.’ To do these moments that have nothing to do with the story, but are just real asides that are so much a part of what the movie was, we’re having to kind of really think how we’re doing this and restructure it. It’s one of those things about comedy that’s so strange is that things that don’t move the story forward are not always things you want to pull out. It illustrates who these people are.”