Frye, 43, will reprise her role for the 10-episode sequel series. This time, Punky is a single mother of three trying to get her life back when she meets a young girl named Izzy who, much like herself, was in the foster system.
Cherie Johnson, who played Punky’s best friend, will also return, while Quinn Copeland (Waitress the Musical) will play Izzy. Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos and Noah Cottrell also star, and Freddie Prinze Jr. guests in the pilot as Punky’s ex-husband Travis.
“I am beyond thrilled and honored to be bringing Punky back!” Frye said, per EW and THR. “I’m grateful to our NBCUniversal Content Studios and Peacock family and to our incredible team of creators, writers, producers, cast and crew that have put their hearts into this journey every step of the way. It is with great love for the amazing people who were such a pivotal part of creating the Punky magic that I will do my very best to honor their memory as we once again share Punky with the people that love her and a new generation discovering her for the first time. To our incredible fans who have stood by us, thank you for believing in me and I will do my best to make you proud. I love you. Punky Power forever!”
School of Rock‘s Steve and Jim Armogida will write and executive produce the reboot alongside fellow EPs Frye, original series creator David Duclon, and Emmy winner Jimmy Fox, EW reported.