Early this morning actress Soliel MoonFrye took to her Instagram to share her excitement and gratitude for working with NBC studios, The Peacock streaming service and Universal Content Productions. Along with her heartfelt post was a photograph attached teasing her unbroken bond with her former and now current cast mate Cherrie Johnson.
That’s right Punky and Cherrie will once again reunite in the upcoming Punky Brewster series which will stream on NBC’s new streaming network Peacock!
But the new series will not only follow our favorite multicolor star and her old time friends. No, In this multicamera/hybrid continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy (Quinn Copeland), a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.
Meet the new cast below:
Quinn Copeland (Waitress the Musical), Lauren Donzis (No Good Nick), Oliver De Los Santos (Occupation: Rainfall) and Noah Cottrell (Skyscraper) are set as series regulars opposite Soleil Moon Frye, in Peacock’s Punky Brewster pilot from UCP and Universal Television.
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Copeland’s Izzy is a street-smart, headstrong and adorable Punky-like girl for a new generation. Recently abandoned by her mother, Izzy tries to hide her vulnerability, but finds a kindred spirit in Punky (Frye). Donzis will play Hannah, Punky’s fashion-forward teenage daughter, who often feels like she’s the parent and Punky’s the kid. De Los Santos as Daniel and Cottrell as Diego will play Punky’s adopted sons, who are 10 and 12 years old, respectively. Even though they are brothers, they are complete opposites except when it comes to annoying their older sister, Hannah (Donzis).
In addition to Frye, they join previously announced cast Freddie Prinze Jr. and Cherie Johnson, reprising her role from the original series.
Produced by UCP and Universal Television, Punky Brewster is written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida. Frye will also serve as executive producer along with Duclon and Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Jonathan Judge is directing and executive producing the pilot.
The original series, created by David W. Duclon, ran for four seasons from 1984-1988, two on NBC and two in syndication.
No word yet on when filming will start or when the series will premier, but we will keep you all up to date!