Punky Brewster recovery featuring Soleil Moon Frye canceled at Peacock
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- August 20, 2021
The Punky Brewster recovery series has been canceled by Peacock after one season, EW can affirm.
“Punky Brewster was a beloved series that tackled meaningful storylines with so much heart,” NBCUniversal Television and Streaming president Lisa Katz said in a statement to EW. “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 news denotes Peacock’s first half-hour comedy cancellation. Sources disclosed to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, that original star Frye and the show’s executive producers all needed to return for additional seasons. Also, executives at NBCUniversal’s streamer, including entertainment chair Susan Rovner, preferred the series, however at last it decided not to push ahead with a second installment.
Punky Brewster, a continuation of the popular ’80s series, appeared its 10-episode season on Feb. 25. It seemed to be well-received among watchers, with a 81 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, however it was less preferred with pundits, who rated it 57%.
The comedy featured Frye repeating her beloved character, presently a single mother of three. She meets a young girl (Waitress the Musical’s Quinn Copeland) who was in the foster system such as herself. Cherie Johnson likewise got back to her role as Punky’s best friend. Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell were likewise featured, and Freddie Prinze Jr. depicted Punky’s ex-husband Travis.
Had the show gotten a second season, the stars were at that point imagining a potential wedding between Johnson and Jasika Nicole’s characters. Furthermore, Frye was so ready.
“Wouldn’t that make for the perfect opportunity to bring back some of our cast from the original?” the actress previously told EW. “I have this dream that T.K. Carter and Casey Ellison who played Allen come back for it, everybody, really. I’m having so much fun dreaming about the future of Punky.”
A rep for Frye declined to comment on the cancellation right now.
Writers Steve and Jim Armogida additionally served as EPs close by Frye, original series maker David Duclon, and Jimmy Fox.
Peacock will still have reboots and recoveries in progress: a second season of the Saved by the Bell revival, as well as the forthcoming MacGruber, Battlestar Galactica, and Bel-Air series. The platform, which appeared last year, will likewise be rethinking the movies Field of Dreams and Ted. Before Punky Brewster’s axing, Peacock had cut its drama Brave New World, as well as Larry Wilmore’s talk show.