"Punky Brewster was a beloved series that tackled meaningful storylines with so much heart,” said Lisa Katz, president, scripted, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “It was a bright light for so many viewers and we are forever grateful to Universal Studio Group, the producers, the cast and crew and especially to Soleil Moon Frye for reigniting the Punky Power within everyone.”
The original Punky Brewster, about a girl raised by a foster father, was on NBC 1984 to 1986. The new series centers on Punky as a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky of her younger self. Ten episodes were made.
Cherie Johnson returned to her role as Cherie. The reboot also stars Freddie Prinze Jr. (Travis, Punky’s ex-husband), Quinn Copeland (Izzy), Noah Cottrell (Diego), Oliver De Los Santos (Daniel) and Lauren Lindsey Donzis (Hannah).
From UCP and Universal Television, Punky Brewster is written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida. Frye is an executive producer alongside original series creator David Duclon and Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media.
Asked what made the reboot right for 2021, Steve Armogida said, “I think America could use a bit of comedy with heart.”
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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