After just one season, Peacock has canceled Punky Brewster. The NBC streaming service announced today that they won’t renew the sequel of the 1984 sitcom for a second season. This marks the first cancellation of an original series by Peacock.
The Punky Brewster reboot starred original castmates, Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson.
In the announcement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming President Lisa Katz said, “Punky Brewster was a beloved series that tackled meaningful storylines with so much heart.”
The original series, which ran for four seasons, was about a spirited young girl being raised by a grouchy widower—who found the girl living in an abandoned apartment building. The man fostered and then eventually adopted Punky. The show followed Punky as she built a relationship with the man.
The reboot picks up 30 years later. We see that Punky is a divorced mother of three who decides to foster a young girl. The girl is a lot like Punky when she was a kid.
Katz described the show as “a bright light for so many viewers and we are forever grateful to Universal Studio Group, the producers, the cast and crew, and especially to Soleil Moon Frye for reigniting the Punky Power within everyone.”
Frye, who played Punky Brewster, commented on the cancellation.
“It’s a role that I’m so proud of, but to me, Punky is not just a show. She is a part of our lives and a part of, certainly, the parts of myself that I aspire to be. So she’s a real inspiration to me, and I feel so honored and humbled to be able to carry her on and share her with a whole new generation.”
The last episode of Peacock’s Punky Brewster revival aired on February 25th. Viewers can still catch the entire 2021 series with a Premium Peacock membership.
Peacock Blasted for Its 2020 Tokyo Olympics Coverage
NBC used the 2020 Olympics as an excuse to boost Peacock membership numbers. But after experiencing service glitches and blank screens, furious customers were left less than impressed.
The issues started straight away when the opening ceremonies were not covered. Then, customers were unable to find their favorite events livestreaming.
So, the angry mob expressed their distaste for the poor service in the best way possible. They flooded social media channels.
The most notable comments landed on Reddit.
“I signed up for Peacock premium for the Olympics and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to watch live,” one Reddit user fumed. “What is going on? For all the time I spent trying to figure out how to watch after paying, I could have found pirated streams hours ago… I don’t care about replays or the athlete tear-jerking featurettes. I just want to watch live events. WTF is going on ?”
While trying, and failing, to figure out how to watch live events, one user wrote, “For all the time I spent trying to figure out how to watch after paying, I could have found pirated streams hours ago. Is it even possible?”