Soleil Moon Frye will reprise her original role from the 1980s NBC sitcom, playing the main character — but now, she’s a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self. Also returning from the original series is Cherie Johnson as Punky’s best friend, Cherie.
The first season will consist of 10 episodes.
“I am beyond thrilled and honored to be bringing Punky back! 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,” said Frye. “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!”
The revival also stars Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos and Noah Cottrell. Freddie Prinze Jr. will guest star in the pilot as Punky’s ex-husband.
Frye will executive produce along with original series creator David Duclon, Steve and Jim Armogida, who also write, and Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media. UCP will produce. Jonathan Judge directed and executive produced the pilot.
Comcast is holding an investor day presentation at its 30 Rockafeller Center headquarters in New York on Thursday afternoon to formally unveil Peacock. “Punky Brewster” joins fellow Peacock originals including “Brave New World,” “Dr. Death,” “Battlestar Galacatica,” a new “Psych” movie, the third season of “A.P. Bio” and a “Saved by the Bell” reboot.