‘Punky Brewster’ reboot tops new NBC streaming service ‘Peacock

Did “Punky Brewster” keep her pigtails when she hit middle age? We’ll soon find out.

On Tuesday, NBCUniversal unveiled the name of its new streaming service — the appropriately titled Peacock, in a nod to its iconic logo — and officially announced a reboot of the 1980s comedy, which starred Soleil Moon Frye as a plucky young orphan and her dog in Chicago. Frye will reprise her role, reportedly now playing a 40-something single mother of three. (We assume her dog, Brandon, is long gone. RIP.)

And because everything old is new again, the show joins two other reboots in the works for Peacock — a revival of the 1989-92 high school comedy “Saved By the Bell,” which starred Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, Mark-Paul Gosselar, Dustin Diamond and Elizabeth Berkley, and the sci-fi classic “Battlestar Galactica.”

Peacock — debuting in April 2020 — will reach back into NBC’s long primetime history to stream a broad range of shows including “The Office,” “Bates Motel,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Covert Affairs,” “Frasier,” the “Real Housewives” franchise, “Will & Grace” and “Top Chef.” Peacock will also tap into the Universal film catalog and offer up big-screen titles such as “Bridesmaids,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “American Pie,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Jaws.”

The streamer will also premiere new, original scripted shows. At the top of the list is the drama “Dr. Death,” starring Jamie Dornan and Alec Baldwin in an adaptation of the chilling podcast that chronicled the downfall of a neurosurgeon responsible for dozens of patient deaths. On the sitcom side, “The Office” alum Ed Helms will star in the comedy “Rutherford Falls,” and Rashida Jones and Jada Pinkett Smith will team up for “Straight Talk.”

Unscripted shows will include a docuseries, “Who Wrote That,” that pokes around the backstage world of Lorne Michaels’ “Saturday Night Live”; a weekly late-night show hosted by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin; and a spinoff of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. (Because we can’t possibly have too many of those.)

Peacock joins an already crowded field of streamers vying for viewers’ attention, including Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, CBS All Access, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix (which this week announced a streaming deal for the NBC hit sitcom “Seinfeld”).

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