Peacock Orders 10-Episode First Season of ‘Punky Brewster’
NBCUniversal’s Peacock is taking it back to the ’80s with a full season of “Punky Brewster” on deck. The service initially ordered a pilot of the show but are now all in with 10-episode set to premiere on the platform when it launches in April, Deadline reports.
The show will see Soleil Moon Frye reprise her role as Punky, with Cherie Johnson returning as her best friend. Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell will be newbies on the series while Freddie Prinze Jr. keeps the nostalgia going as Punky’s ex-husband.
The news comes days after Mark-Paul Gosselaar officially signed on to reprise his role as Zack Morris on the “Saved by the Bell” reboot. The actor, who also stars as a series regular on ABC’s “Mixed-ish,” is limited to appearing on only three episodes since both shows are produced by different studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley are also coming back to their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, and sources told THR that Universal Television is in talks to get Tiffani-Amber Thiessen to reprise her role as Kelly Kapowski as well.
“Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster” will be part of Peacock’s original slate that includes also includes a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.” Other series coming to Peacock include “Rutherford Falls” with Ed Helms, “Dr. Death” with Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater and a behind-the-scenes docuseries about “Saturday Night Live”