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‘Punky Brewster’ revival canceled by Peacock soon after just a single period

The clearly show that taught 1980s young ones not to disguise in an deserted outdated fridge — or, at the very least, study CPR in case one particular of your good friends does sneak into one particular of those people terrifying aged latch iceboxes — will not proceed with its revival. The updated “Punky Brewster,” which Peacock introduced back again as element of the streamer’s to start with-12 months lineup, will not be renewed for far more episodes.

Peacock debuted all 10 episodes of the new “Punky Brewster,” showcasing first star Soleil Moon Frye (who also served as an executive producer), on Feb. 25. The demonstrate reunited Frye as Punky with her previous buddy Cherie (Cherie Johnson), and updated her tale to concentration on Punky boosting her a few kids after separating from her husband (Freddie Prinze Jr.). A photographer like her foster dad Henry in the original series, Punky provides a foster youngster, Izzy (Quinn Copeland), into her residence.

Soleil Moon Frye as Punky Brewster.Eddy Chen / Peacock

“Punky Brewster” is the 3rd collection to past just a year on Peacock, following sci-fi drama “Brave New Earth,” which also wasn’t renewed following a one season, and the late night time converse exhibit “Wilmore,” which finished its operate soon after a solitary cycle of 11 episodes.

“‘Punky Brewster’ was a beloved collection that tackled significant storylines with so considerably coronary heart,” claimed Lisa Katz, President, Scripted, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “It was a dazzling light for so lots of viewers and we are endlessly grateful to Common Studio Team, the producers, the solid and crew and specially to Soleil Moon Frye for reigniting the Punky Ability within anyone.”

Peacock’s other initial comedies have all been renewed: “Saved by the Bell,” “Rutherford Falls” and “Girls5eva.” (Peacock also has the initial comedy “A.P. Bio,” returning for a fourth year it at first aired on NBC.)

In her Wide variety assessment of “Punky Brewster,” Amber Dowling experienced mixed inner thoughts about the show’s slender storytelling but in the conclude wrote, “there’s a lot of original Punky appeal to go all around. Cynics may cringe at an adult lady boasting about her ‘Punky power’ decades later, but Frye’s pure commitment to joy (not to mention physical comedy) is as infectious as at any time.”

Noah Cottrell (Diego), Oliver De Los Santos (Daniel) and Lauren Lindsey Donzis (Hannah) also starred in the collection, which came from both of those the UCP and Universal Tv divisions of Common Studio Team. Steve and Jim Armogida (“School of Rock,” “Grounded For Life”) wrote and government created the series, even though original collection creator David Duclon (“Punky Brewster,” “Family Matters,” “Silver Spoons”) and Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (“The Arrangement,” “United Shades of America”) of Principal Function Media were also EPs with Frye.

The initial “Punky Brewster” ran for four seasons among 1984 and 1988 — two seasons on NBC, and two seasons in 1st-operate syndication. It also spawned the animated series that was also titled “Punky Brewster” and featured the very same solid — but then also a mischievous traveling creature named Glomer who joined Punky on adventures. The 1980s had been wild.

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