It's time for the return of Punky Power! Punky Brewster 2 is officially happening with original star Soleil Moon Frye set to return as the rambunctious orphan who is now all grown up. This is the latest classic sitcom that is getting the revival treatment, yet this will be a slightly more adult version of the family friendly hit from the 80s.
UCP is developing the Punky Brewster sequel, which originally debuted on NBC all the way back in 1984. Punky became a pop culture icon when she first arrived, and she even got her own animated series. The original incarnation was a multi-camera show created by David W. Duclon. It followed an orphan girl being raised by her foster dad played by Police Academy star George Gaynes, who has since passed away.
This hybrid reboot will also be multi-camera, with Punky now a single mother of three who is trying desperately to get her own life back on track. She will meet another young orphaned girl who reminds her an awful lot of her former self.
Steve and Jim Armogida will write and executive produce this Punky Brewster continuation. They are best known for their work on the TV adaptation of School of Rock and Grounded for Life. Soleil Moon Frye will also be an executive producer on the series, working alongside David W. Duclon who is returning and Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media.
Punky Brewster only lasted for four seasons, only two of which ran on NBC. The final two seasons were produced for syndication. The show was nominated for three PrimeTime Emmy awards including two for Outstanding Children's Program. Soleil Moon Frye also lent her voice to the Saturday morning incarnation of the franchise, which was called It's Punky Brewster, and ran for two seasons. It also eared a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program.
The Punky Brewster revival will be UCP's first-ever multi-camera sitcom as well as their first family oriented sitcom. Punky joins the ranks of Boy Meets World, Full House, Roseanne and Will & Grace, as popular shows from the 80s and 90s that have been brought back with the original players in tow.
Soleil Moon Frye continued acting after Punky Brewster went off the air, appearing in Friends, Saved by the Bell and The Wonder Years. She had a recurring role on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And given her time spent voicing the Punky Brewster cartoon, she was able to parlay that into a career as voice over actress, appearing on such shows as Ren & Stimpy, The Proud Family, Robot Chicken and Bratz. She has also hosted the Emmy-winning Daytime series Home Made Simple for Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network. She has also contributed to the Today show. Outside of acting, she has also penned to books, Happy Chaos and Let's Get This Party Started.
Soleil Moon Frye will next be seen in the crime comedy Heirlooms starring opposite Shelley Long and Luke Wilson. This news comes from Deadline.