Freddie Prinze Jr. has joined the cast of the pilot for the “Punky Brewster” sequel in the works for NBCUniversal’s upcoming Peacock streaming service.
The series is a multicamera-hybrid continuation of the 1980s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad. In the new series, 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.
“Scooby-Doo” and “She’s All That” actor Prinze Jr. will play the recurring role of Travis, Punky’s working musician ex-husband. Travis remains a good father and has lingering chemistry with Punky, but travel takes him often away from town.
UCP and Universal Television will produce the project which is being written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida. Frye serves as executive producer alongside original series creator David Duclon and producer Jimmy Fox.
Prinze Jr. was a part of the pilot for The CW’s “Nancy Drew” earlier this year, but was eventually recast with Scott Wolf. Jonathan Judge will helm and executive produce the new ‘Punky’ pilot.