Peacock has released the official trailer for the Punky Brewster sequel, and it gives a long-awaited update on what the titular character has been up since the last time she appeared on TV over 30 years ago.
As revealed in the two-minute clip, Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) still has an affinity for wearing mismatching shoes and remains best friends with Cherie (Cherie Johnson). But she’s now grown up raising three kids on her own.
Newly divorced from her ex-husband Travis (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Punky now works as a professional photographer to provide for her kids Hannah (Lauren Lindsey Donzis), Diego (Noah Cottrell), and Daniel (Oliver De Los Santos). As if three children under one roof isn’t too much already, Punky decides to take in Izzy (Quinn Copeland), a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self.
Though Punky is trying to move on from her relationship with Travis, a scene from the trailer suggests that she may still have feelings for him.
“Wait, what just happened?” Punky asks after greeting Travis good morning and kissing him on the lips. “You’re not supposed to be here. We’re divorced.”
Izzy, who saw everything, comments: “You still have a thing for him.”
Though Punky and Travis’ relationship is something that will seemingly evolve as the Punky Brewster sequel series progresses, Travis makes it clear that they’re still a family.
“Your mom and I are still trying to figure things out, but we’re still a family. We just look a little different,” Travis tells Diego who appears to be having a hard time understanding their unusual family setup.
Hailing from Universal Content Productions and Universal Television, the Punky Brewster sequel is written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida (School of Rock, Grounded For Life.). Aside from starring in the revival, Frye also serves as executive producer alongside original series creator David Duclon (Family Matters, Silver Spoons) and Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (The Arrangement, United Shades of America) of Main Event Media.
The 10-episode first season the Punky Brewster sequel is set to premiere on February 25th on Peacock.
The original Punky Brewster series ran its first two seasons on NBC from 1984 to 1986. After it was canceled by the network, Punky Brewster was revived for syndication and ran for additional two seasons from 1987 to 1988.