‘Punky Brewster’ Revival With Soleil Moon Frye in Development

Series hails from UCP

Last Updated: June 4, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

A “Punky Brewster” revival is in development at Universal Content Productions, and Soleil Moon Frye is returning to star.

Moon Frye will reprise her original role from the 1980s NBC sitcom, playing the main character — but now, she’s 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 UCP.

Frye will executive produce along with original series creator David Duclon, Steve and Jim Armogida (“School of Rock,” “Grounded For Life”) who also write, and Jimmy Fox (“The Arrangement,” “Hollywood Darlings”) of Main Event Media. UCP will produce.

Frye rose to fame in 1984 when “Punky Brewster” premiered on NBC. The series ran four seasons and earned three Primetime Emmy nominations including two for Outstanding Children’s Program. Frye later voiced Brewster in an animated series that ran for two seasons.

Frye’s later work includes guest appearances in “Friends,” “Saved by the Bell,” and “The Wonder Years” before co-starring opposite Melissa Joan Hart in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” She also hosted three seasons of the “Home Made Simple” series for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, and was an ongoing contributor for the “Today Show.” She most recently wrapped production on “Heirlooms,” a crime comedy co-starring Shelley Long and Luke Wilson.

UCP, a part of NBCUniversal, is also the studio behind Amazon’s “Homecoming,” Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” Hulu’s “The Act,” USA’s “Mr. Robot,” “Dirty John,” “The Purge” & “The Sinner,” and SYFY’s “The Magicians.”

Deadline was first to report the news.