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TV News Roundup: ‘Genius: Aretha’ Adds Malcolm Barrett, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Three More

  • Variety
In today’s roundup, National Geographic announced the ensemble cast joining “Genius: Aretha” and Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of Bobby Moynihan’s digital series “Loafy.”

Casting

Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington (“The Color Purple”), Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”), Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Big Sick”), Sanai Victoria (“Black-ish”) have been cast alongside Cynthia Erivo in National Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha.” Also, Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA TV award-winner Anthony Hemingway joined the anthology series as executive producer and pilot director.

Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos and Noah Cottrell have been cast as series regulars in Peacock’s “Punky Brewster” pilot. From Ucp and Universal Television, the multi-camera/hybrid continuation of the ’80s sitcom follows Punky (Soleil Moon Frye), now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy (Copeland), a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.
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‘Punky Brewster’: NBCU’s Peacock Pilot Rounds Out Cast With Four Series Regulars

  • Deadline
‘Punky Brewster’: NBCU’s Peacock Pilot Rounds Out Cast With Four Series Regulars
Quinn Copeland (Waitress the Musical), Lauren Donzis (No Good Nick), Oliver De Los Santos (Occupation: Rainfall) and Noah Cottrell (Skyscraper) are set as series regulars opposite Soleil Moon Frye, in Peacock’s Punky Brewster pilot from Ucp and Universal Television.

In the multicamera/hybrid continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy (Copeland), a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Copeland’s Izzy is a street-smart, headstrong and adorable Punky-like girl for a new generation. Recently abandoned by her mother, Izzy tries to hide her vulnerability, but finds a kindred spirit in Punky (Frye). Donzis will play Hannah, Punky’s fashion-forward teenage daughter, who often feels like she’s the parent and Punky’s the kid.
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Freddie Prinze Jr. Has Joined the Punky Brewster Reboot at the Peacock Streamer

Freddie Prinze Jr., best known for his roles as teen heartthrob in I Know What You Did Last Summer, She’s All That, and Scooby-Doo, has been keeping himself busy the past few years doing a lot of voice work for series like Star Wars Rebels and Robot Chicken. He is now back on the scene in some life action series. We reported earlier this year that he had joined the cast of the upcoming Nancy Drew series, but he has since left that project.

Now he has joined a different series, and that is the Punky Brewster reboot that is coming to the upcoming NBC streamer, Peacock. We know so far that original series star Soleil Moon Frye is reprising her role as the title character, Punky, Cherie Johnson is also coming back in the role of Cherie, and Johnathan McClain has joined the cast.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. lands role on NBC's Punky Brewster sequel series

  • JoBlo
As strange as this may sound for a forty year old man to say, Punky Brewster was my jam back in the day. The 80s sitcom which ran for four seasons on NBC, followed the exploits of Penelope "Punky" Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) who after being orphaned by her mother, is adopted by a cantankerous but loving photographer named Henry (George Gaynes). The show was a light, bubbly,…
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Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star Opposite Soleil Moon Frye in Punky Brewster Revival

Punky Brewster has a new leading man -- make that leading ex. Peacock's revival of the '80s sitcom has added Freddie Prinze Jr. to start opposite Soleil Moon Frye as Punky's ex-husband, a traveling musician who remains a doting dad to their kids, per The Hollywood Reporter. If the pilot is picked up

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Freddie Prinze Jr to Play Punky’s Ex-Husband on Peacock’s ‘Punky Brewster’ Pilot

  • The Wrap
Freddie Prinze Jr to Play Punky’s Ex-Husband on Peacock’s ‘Punky Brewster’ Pilot
Freddie Prinze Jr. has joined the cast of NBCU’s “Punky Brewster” pilot.

The “Punky Brewster” revival is set to air on the company’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock. The sitcom revival comes from Ucp and Universal Television.

Prinze Jr. will play the recurring role of Punky’s ex-husband, Travis. While a working musician constantly in and out of town, Travis remains a great dad with lingering chemistry between him and Punky. Should the pilot go to series, Prinze would have a recurring role.

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The revival is a multi-camera continuation of the original story of a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her
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Punky Brewster's Ex-Husband Is Freddie Prinze Jr. in Peacock Sequel

Punky Brewster's Ex-Husband Is Freddie Prinze Jr. in Peacock Sequel
Punky Brewster apparently grew up to be all that, given that Freddie Prinze Jr. will be playing her ex-husband in the sequel pilot for NBC Universal’s upcoming Peacock streaming service.

As first reported back in June, Soleil Moon Frye will be reprising her title role from the late-’80s sitcom, playing Punky as a single mother of three who trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self. Frye will also serve as an executive producer on the project, along with original series creator David Duclon.
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Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins ‘Punky Brewster’ Pilot For NBCU’s Peacock Streamer

  • Deadline
Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins ‘Punky Brewster’ Pilot For NBCU’s Peacock Streamer
Freddie Prinze Jr. is set for a key recurring role opposite Soleil Moon Frye in Peacock’s Punky Brewster pilot, from Ucp and Universal Television.

In the multicamera/hybrid continuation of the 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Prinze Jr. will play Travis, Punky’s (Frye) ex-husband. While a working musician constantly in and out of town, Travis remains a great dad with lingering chemistry between him and Punky.

Produced by Ucp and Universal Television, Punky Brewster is written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida. Frye will also serve as executive producer along with Duclon and Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Jonathan Judge is
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Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins ‘Punky Brewster’ Sequel Pilot at NBCU’s Peacock Streamer

  • Variety
Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins ‘Punky Brewster’ Sequel Pilot at NBCU’s Peacock Streamer
Freddie Prinze Jr. is joining another pilot, this time at NBCUniversal’s forthcoming Peacock streaming service.

He will play a recurring role in the “Punky Brewster” sequel pilot which was ordered when the Peacock unfurled its slate of feathers back in September. Prinze Jr. was a part of the pilot for the CW’s “Nancy Drew” earlier this year, but was eventually recast for Scott Wolf when the show was ordered to series.

The prospective “Punky Brewster” series is described as a multicamera-hybrid continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad. Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Prinze Jr. will play Travis, Punky’s ex-husband. While a working musician constantly in and out of town,
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Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins 'Punky Brewster' Sequel at NBCUniversal Streamer

Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins 'Punky Brewster' Sequel at NBCUniversal Streamer
The cast of the Punky Brewster sequel at NBCUniversal's streaming platform, Peacock, is starting to take shape.

Freddie Prinze Jr. will star opposite star Soleil Moon Frye in the comedy pilot, which is part of the first wave of original programming in development at Peacock. Should it get a series order, Prinze would recur.

Punky Brewster will be a multicamera/hybrid continuation of the 1980s original, which starred Frye as a girl who was abandoned by her parents and eventually adopted by the manager of the building where she was staying in a vacant apartment. The sequel finds Punky as a single ...
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Cherie Johnson Set to Reprise Her Role in Upcoming Punky Brewster Reboot

Punky Brewster is back, and she’s bringing her best friend with her. It was previously reported that the series was making a comeback, and the star, Soleil Moon Frye, is set to return and executive produce. Now we have word that Cherie Johnson, who played the character of the same name on the popular 1980’s series, will be back as well. This is the first bit of casting news we have received besides that of the initial report saying Frye would be bringing the follow-up series back to TV.

Deadline reports the following synopsis and character description:

On the multicamera/hybrid continuation of the 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Johnson will once again play Cherie,
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‘Punky Brewster': Cherie Johnson to Reprise Original Role in Revival

  • The Wrap
‘Punky Brewster': Cherie Johnson to Reprise Original Role in Revival
Cherie Johnson is joining Soleil Moon Frye in reprising her original role in the “Punky Brewster” revival.

The revival of the 1980s sitcom has been given a pilot order at NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock, which is set to launch in 2020.

Johnson will once again play Cherie, Punky’s (Frye) best friend since they were kids. NBCU gives this character description: “To ‘Punky’s’ kids, she’s ‘Aunt Cherie.’ Her life-long friendship with ‘Punky’ inspired her to become a social worker, helping orphaned kids.”

The pilot hails from Ucp and Universal Television. In the revival, a multicamera continuation of the original story of a bright young raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self, according to NBCU.

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‘Punky Brewster’s Cherie Johnson To Reprise Role In Pilot Sequel For NBCU’s Peacock Streamer

  • Deadline
‘Punky Brewster’s Cherie Johnson To Reprise Role In Pilot Sequel For NBCU’s Peacock Streamer
Exclusive: Cherie Johnson, who played the Cherie Johnson character in the original Punky Brewster comedy series, is returning to reprise the role in the sequel. The project, headlined by original star Soleil Moon Frye reprising her title role as Punky, has a pilot order at Peacock, NBCU’s upcoming streaming platform set to launch in April 2020. .

On the multicamera/hybrid continuation of the 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Johnson will once again play Cherie, best friend of Punky (Frye) since they were kids. In fact, they’re more like sisters. To Punky’s kids, she’s Aunt Cherie. Her life-long friendship with Punky inspired her to become a social worker, helping orphaned kids.
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Saved By The Bell And Punky Brewster Reboots Headed To NBC’s Peacock Streaming Service

NBCUniversal has been revealing some big news lately with the announcement that they will be launching their very own streaming service which will be called Peacock. In addition to the news that fan-favorite NBC series “Friends”, “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” being offered on the new streaming service, they have also revealed that they will be rebooting some NBC classics as well. NBCUniversal revealed that they will be rebooting “Saved By The Bell” which will feature original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley and “Punky Brewster” which actress Soleil Moon Frye has already signed on to play an adult version of her former childhood character. The Peacock service is set to launch in April of 2020 and will also include a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” that will be executive produced by “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail. It is said these reboots will be part of the 15,000 hours of content
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I'm So Excited! Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Returning For Saved by the Bell Revival

  • Popsugar
Not only is NBC joining the flux of cable networks launching their own streaming sites, but it's also reviving several iconic sitcoms, including Saved by the Bell. The comedy originally ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1993 and starred the familiar faces of Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Lark Voorhies as high school students navigating everything from dating to drugs.

The sequel series - which NBC Universal's streaming service, Peacock, has ordered straight-to-series - already has Lopez and Berkley signed on to return and will be headed by 30 Rock writer and Great News series creator Tracey Wigfield. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will explore the aftermath of California Governor Zack Morris (Gosselaar) closing too many low-income high schools and proposing the affected students be sent to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the
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NBCUniversal's Peacock Steaming Service Original Series Slate, Catalogue Shows, Library Movies, and Launch Date

NBCUniversal revealed a lot of details regarding their new streaming service, which is called Peacock, which is obviously a nod to NBC’s iconic logo.

The company also unveiled its initial programming slate. We already reported on the reboot of Battlestar Galactica from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, as well as Saved By the Bell with Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Elizabeth Berkley set to star; and Punky Brewster, with Soleil Moon Frye set to reprise her role as the title character.

There are a lot of other original shows coming to Peacock, though, along with catalogue series and library films. There will also be original films that will be created by Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and DreamWorks Animation.

Peacock will launch in April of 2020. It will be both advertising and subscription supported streaming service. Details on pricing and distribution will be announced as it gets closer to launch.

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Saved By The Bell and Punky Brewster Reboots Headed to NBC's Peacock Streaming Service

NCBUniversal has revealed some of their plans for their newly named Peacock streaming service. Those plans include reboots of a couple classic kids series that some of you might be interested in.

Saved By The Bell is set to get rebooted with original cast members that include Elizabeth Berkley, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Mario Lopez. The other series getting the reboot treatment is Punky Brewster, which will see the return of original star Soleil Moon Frye as a grown-up version of her former character.

These shows are on top of the new reboot of Battlestar Galactica which was also recently announced. That series is coming from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

30 Rock writer-producer Tracey Wigfield is executive producing the reboot, and this is the logline that was shared:

“When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students
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Punky Brewster Sequel Coming to NBC Streaming Service Peacock

Kayti Burt Sep 17, 2019

The Punky Brewster sequel is one of a few planned reboots at NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service Peacock.

Punky Brewster is coming back! The upcoming NBC streaming service, now officially named Peacock, has made a slew of announcements about some of the new content that will be coming to the service, along with a "gigantic library of all favorites."

It turns out the "new" content will have a pretty nostalgic bent, too. In addition to reboots of Battlestar Galactica and Saved By the Bell, NBCUniversal also announced they will be "rebooting" Punky Brewster, the 80s kid TV show starring Soleil Moon Frye about an orphaned girl who is fostered by a grumpy older man named Henry, in the form of a sequel. The original series ran from 1984 to 1986, but enjoyed popularity in syndication, which is when this writer caught (and loved) it.

The Punky Brewster reboot will
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Saved By the Bell Reboot Officially Happening on NBC's Peacock Streaming Service

Are you ready to get Saved By the Bell again? You better be, because after lots of humming and hawing, a revival is finally happening as part of NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock. Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez are attached to star in the reboot from 30 Rock and Great News veteran Tracey Wigfield. In addition to a new Saved By the Bell, Peacock is also working on a new Punky Brewster starring original series star Soleil Moon Frye as a grown-up version of her previously pint-sized character. The new Saved By the Bell features Zack Morris as governor of California, and when Governor Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send affected students to the...
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Saved by the Bell Revival, Battlestar Galactica Reboot Ordered at NBC's Streaming Service

NBC Universal has lifted the lid on its forthcoming streaming service, while also revealing some of the shows in the works.

Let's talk about the name first. It will be titled Peacock, which is very much in line with NBC's brand.

It will launch in April 2020, and will seemingly be filled with reboots.

Saved by the Bell is getting the revival treatment, with original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprising their roles as well as executive producing.

Also of note is that a reboot of Battlestar Galactica is in the works with Mr. Robot creator, Sam Esmail attached as executive producer.

This means this will be the third iteration of the series to hit the air. The original aired for just one season in 1978, before being followed up by Galactica 1980, which did not resonate with viewers.

Syfy rebooted the series in 2003 with a three-hour miniseries, which
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