“Punky Brewster” was a 1984 classical sitcom. Fans of the show will be thrilled to find out that a sequel to the show is currently in the works with one of the main stars reprising her role.
In the 1980s NBC aired a sitcom called “Punky Brewster.” The series was about a young girl named Penelope “Punky” Brewster who was raised by her foster father Henry Warnimont played by George Gaynes.
Brewster’s character was played by Soleil Moon Frye, 42. Now Universal Content Productions (UCP) is developing a sequel to the sitcom and the actress will reprise her role. However, seeing that she’s a grown woman now, the actress will play a different role.
David W. Duclon was the original creator of the multi-camera series and in the reboot, Frye will be a single mother of three. The premise of the sequel will see the actress trying to get her life back on track.
As she works on that she meets a young girl who actually reminds her of her younger self. The show will be written and executively produced by Steve and Jim Armogida.
This time Frye also has the chance to executive producer along with Duclon and Jimmy Fox. “Punky Brewster” originally only ran for four seasons, two of which were on NBC and the rest in syndication.
The series gained three Primetime Emmy nominations, with two of them being for Outstanding Children’s Program. The sitcom also had an animated spinoff called “It’s Punky Brewster.”
Soleil Moon Frye as Punky Brewster | Photo: Getty Images
Frye had the pleasure of voicing Brewster’s character at the time. It ran for two seasons only but managed to earn a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program.
Since the show pretty much launched her career Frye has gone on to guest star on other series’ like “Friends,” “Saved by the Bell,” “The Wonder Years,” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” The actress has also worked as a voice-over artist on a number of animated series and films.
They include “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” “The Proud Family,” “Robot Chicken,” and “Bratz.” Frye also hosted three seasons of “Home Made Simple” for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.
If that’s not enough, she’s also been an ongoing contributor for the “Today” show. The multi-talented star is also an authoress who has written two books, “Happy Chaos” and “Let’s Get This Party Started.”
Her most recent project was the production of a crime comedy, “Heirlooms.” Sadly, Gaynes passed away in 2016 at the age of 98.
One little-known fact about the show was that NBC President Brandon Tartikoff named the series after a teacher's daughter he knew in prep school. The educator was Peyton “Punky” Brewster.
She actually allowed NBC lawyers to use her name. Peyton even appeared in a later episode as a teacher.