Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye is hopeful that the canceled reboot will find a new home. The original four-season run of the show, about a precocious seven-year-old played by Frye, began on NBC in 1984. Earlier this year, Punky Brewster was resurrected by NBC streamer Peacock for a ten-episode season. However, just two weeks ago, Peacock unceremoniously canceled this new iteration of Punky Brewster.
The rebooted Punky Brewster, which dropped its full season this February, followed a now 45-year-old Frye returning as a Punky navigating adult life but still experiencing the topical issues that were typical of the original run. She now has three kids, a foster child, and a rocker ex-husband played by 90s hunk Freddie Prinze Jr. The other original actors reprising their roles included Cherie Johnson As Cherie and Ami Foster as Margaux.
Although Peacock shelved the show, Soleil Moon Frye told People that she has hope that the reboot will find a new home soon, “if fans have anything to do with it.” She said fans are starting petitions and she has received messages from “literally hundreds and thousands of people.” Like any canceled show, Punky Brewster will depend on viewers coming together to prove their loyalty (and potential future streaming numbers) before it’s too late. Read the full quote here:
If the fans have anything to do with it, it may just find another home. Because people are starting petitions, I’m seeing literally hundreds and thousands of people writing notes to me. I’m like, “Ok, well if they have anything to do with it, it may just end up on another screen near you.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that fan enthusiasm has resurrected a show that was teetering on the edge. The same thing happened with Netflix’s One Day at a Time reboot (picked up by Pop TV), Lifetime’s stalker series You (picked up by Netflix), and Fox’s cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine (picked up by NBC, proving that this process is entirely cyclical). Likewise, a show from a smaller streamer like Peacock might find room to grow if it’s transferred to a larger pond, like how the Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek blew up once Netflix started airing it.
So far it doesn’t seem like many reboots of classic nostalgia property shows have had the ability to last for too many seasons. Indeed, even One Day at a Time was canceled after its fourth season, with Pop TV only producing one more after picking it up from Netflix. Likewise, the hotly anticipated Will and Grace reboot only made it three more seasons before crumbling into dust once more. However, these shows prove that there’s still more juice left in Punky Brewster if fans at least want a stellar short-run series rather than a prematurely canceled one-season wonder.