One of the things we're looking forward to the most about NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock is the upcoming third season of A.P. Bio. While it won't there for us when the streamer launches on July 15, it won't be long before the doors to Whitlock High School are thrown open again on the Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Patton Oswalt (Happy!) sitcom. Created by Mike O'Brien, the series suffered a very brief cancellation by NBC before the new streamer picked it up, resulting in it being the streamer's first half-hour original comedy order. We've worn our love for the series on our sleeves since the first season (though we have some thoughts on how the series lost its way during its second run), so we're excited to see A.P. Bio shifting to a streamer that will allow them to stretch their creative muscles.
To get us back into the high school mood, Peacock is sharing a look at a special Zoom class session between Jack (Howerton) and his somewhat-unwitting partners in crime (yup, those would be his students). Even Whitlock High isn't immune to COVID-19, which means Jack's been apart from Lynette (Elizabeth Alderfer)- and behind on some love letters (about eight, to be more precise). So if the class wants their "A" then it's time for them to turn into budding "Cyranos"- with exactly the disturbing results you've grown to love and expect:
While the series wasn't exactly a "ratings juggernaut" for NBC, it's said that a number of network executives were big supporters of the series. The show's strong digital presence was key in finalizing the decision to bring A.P. Bio to the streaming service, as was the online #SaveAPBio campaign. The series pilot pulled a 0.8 in the 18-34 demo, adjusted to a 5.6 after 100 days of delayed viewing. The series also saw strong results digitally with the 18-34 demo, with the first season being NBC's most digital-skewing show of the 2017-18 season, with 35 percent of its 18-49 audience coming from digital platforms. In the second season, A.P. Bio generated 47 percent of its 35-day demo rating from digital platforms, ranking behind only Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the various available platforms.
Howerton and Oswalt are joined by Allisyn Snyder, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Tom Bennett, Paula Pell, Charlie McCrackin, Jacob McCarthy, Aparna Brielle, Nick Peine, Eddie Leavy, Jacob Houston, Sari Arambulo, Tucker Albrizzi, and Spence Moore II. A.P. Bio is written and executive produced by O'Brien, with Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Andrew Singer, and Lorne Michaels also serving as executive producers. Universal Television, Broadway Video, and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions produce.