A famous Hollywood teddy bear was in Downtown Andover Monday.
“Ted,” a Peacock TV series is a spinoff from 2012’s Ted and 2015’s Ted 2 starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Set in 1993, the series is a prequel to the movies, depicting the life of the talking tedy bear and his best friend John Bennett. The movies and show were created by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane.
It’s the second time in less than a year Hollywood has come to Andover. “Madame Web,” a Spider-Man spinoff starring Dakota Johnson and Adam Scott, built a set for the film’s “4 Star Diner” on baseball fields near the West Andover fire station in August.
The Ted crew was set up at the intersection of Punchard Avenue and Main Street, outside the Dunkin Donuts:
Andover News has asked the Massachusetts Film Office for more details about the show’s production. Peacock purchased the show straight to series in June 2021, but has yet to announce an air date for the first season.
Kunis and Wahlberg are not expected to reprise their film roles in the series, but Macfarlane will once again voice Ted. Alanna Ubach, who had recurring roles on “Hung” and “Californication,” will play John Bennett’s mother, and Lowell native Scott Grimes will play his father. Max Burkholder, who was on “Parenthood,” is the younger version of Wahlberg’s John. The top-billed cast is rounded out by Giorgia Whigham playing John’s cousin, Blaire, who lives with the family in the show.