HBO Pays ‘Billions’ For ‘Big Bang Theory’ Streaming Rights [Hollywood Headlines]

The streaming services have been shelling out big bucks to have the on-demand rights to popular shows. Yesterday we talked about how Netflix paid almost half a billion dollars for “Seinfeld.” But when HBO reportedly heard about the deal, they said, “half a billion? We can beat that. Hold my beer.” 

The “Hollywood Reporter” reveals that HBO Max paid, quote, “billions ” for the exclusive streaming rights to all 12 seasons of “The Big Bang Theory” for five years. The exact amount hasn’t been announced yet. 

HBO must have some deep pockets. Earlier this year, HBO Max paid $425 million over five years (that’s $85 million per year) to steal “Friends” from Netflix. HBO Max will debut sometime next spring. 

NBC Unveils Their New Streaming Service

And yet another streaming service is on the way. Yesterday, NBC Universal announced theirs will be called ‘Peacock,’ and it’ll launch in April. And they already have a high-profile show: A “Saved By the Bell” revival. NBC is officially working with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley on the new show… and other cast members are in talks to return. 

If that’s not big enough, NBC is reportedly having talks about possibly re-booting “The Office,” but there’s nothing definitive in motion yet. Some of NBC’s other Peacock programming will include a new “Battlestar Galactica” show, unscripted content from Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Lorne Michaels, and a revival of “Punky Brewster”. Peacock will also be the EXCLUSIVE home of “Parks and Recreation”. 

Aykroyd Back For ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel

Dan Aykroyd is suiting up to return to the most iconic franchise of his career. The 67-year-old actor confirmed he’s signed on to star in the new “Ghostbusters” sequel, which will serve as a follow-up to the 1984 original. 

Sigourney Weaver previously shared she would also be appearing and teased the return of Bill Murray as well. Weaver, Murray and Aykroyd starred alongside Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson in “Ghostbusters” and its 1989 sequel “Ghostbusters II.” 

The new “Ghostbusters” is slated to open in 2020, and is “set in the world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie.” 

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