Revisiting Soap Alums on ‘Punky Brewster’, Now With Sequel in the Works
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Soleil Moon Frye to reprise her breakout character, now a single mother.
Punky Brewster is on her way back to the small screen. Soaps.com has the details on the sequel to the original series that will see Soleil Moon Frye returning as an older version of her former pint-sized alter ego. In current day, Punky is a single mother of three, who meets a young girl that reminds her of herself.
The original Punky Brewster was about the young Penelope “Punky” Brewster who was abandoned by her mother, along with her dog, in a Chicago grocery store. She avoided an orphanage fate after meeting the curmudgeonly Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes) who became her foster father. It ran on NBC from 1984 – 1988 and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. An animated spinoff titled It’s Punky Brewster was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. The series co-starred Cherie Johnson (Latoya Preston, Days of our Lives) who played Punky’s friend. It also welcomed guest stars Alley Mills (Pam Douglas, The Bold and the Beautiful’s), Vernee Watson (Stella Henry, General Hospital), Chad Allen (Eric Whitlow, General Hospital: Night Shift), Patrika Darbo (Shirley Spectra, The Bold and the Beautiful; Nancy Wesley, Days of our Lives) and Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan, One Life to Live).
The multi-camera sequel to Punky Brewster will air on NBCU’s Peacock streaming service and will be written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida. Frye will also serve as an executive producer. Post Punky Brewster, Frye went on to appear on the series Saved by the Bell, The Wonder Years, Heaven Help Us and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. More recently, the actress has voiced characters for the animated series Bratz, Planet Sheen and Robot Chicken. She was also seen on Hollywood Darlings which stared Jodie Sweetin (Full House), Christine Lakin (Step by Step) and Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) as heightened versions of themselves.