The Punky Brewster sequel project, starring the original stars Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson, has officially been ordered by NBCU’s streaming platform Peacock with 10-episodes in the works.
At only 7 years old, Frye began starring as the titular character Punky on the sitcom during its original run from 1984 to 1998. Johnson portrayed Punky’s best friend. The Punky Brewster sequel series will follow Punky as a single mother of three children while trying to get her life back on track. She will meet a young foster girl named Izzy, who reminds Punky of her younger self.
The show’s confirmed cast so far includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Travis, Punky’s ex-husband, who is a working musician who’s constantly in and out of town, as well as Broadway actor Quinn Copeland as Izzy. Other confirmed cast members include Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell.
“I am beyond thrilled and honored to be bringing Punky back!” Frye announced in a statement. “I’m grateful to our NBCUniversal Content Studios and Peacock family and to our incredible team of creators, writers, producers, cast, and crew that have put their hearts into this journey every step of the way. It is with great love for the amazing people who were such a pivotal part of creating the Punky magic that I will do my very best to honor their memory as we once again share Punky with the people that love her and a new generation discovering her for the first time. To our incredible fans who have stood by us, thank you for believing in me and I will do my best to make you proud. I love you. Punky Power forever!”
Steve and Jim Armogida will write and executive produce the Punky Brewster sequel alongside Frye, series creator David Duclon, and Jimmy Fox. The newly ordered series will join the Saved by the Bell reboot on Peacock.