NBCUniversal is about the enter the “streaming wars” with Peacock and the company is making sure that has a slate of originals that will entice potential subscribers. I’ll run down all the new details released for the upcoming revivals of Punky Brewster and Saved By the Bell, the Will Forte-led MacGruber sequel series, and the possibility of more Quantum Leap.
Punky Brewster Tackles Motherhood
Punky Brewster was an eighties show that lasted four seasons (and an animated spin-off). It starred Soleil Moon Frye as an orphan who becomes the foster child of Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes). The upcoming sequel series will see Frye’s Punky as a mother who meets a young girl who reminds her of herself.
Jeff Bader, head of NBC’s program planning and strategy, had this to say on the series:
“Punky Brewster is like a lot of those shows that didn’t ‘work’ with adults, even going back to The Brady Bunch and Partridge Family and things like that. Punky Brewster has a huge resonance with millennials. That’s what we want. We’re seeing that with millennials, Soleil Moon Frye, there is a resonance. So the idea of a show with her and a kid actually I think is going to work for them.”
I don’t think the 1980s are the Millennial Generation, but at this point who cares. If you’re a Punky Brewster fan you’re probably just thankful that you’re going to see how this character has aged (and compare it to your current lifestyle).
When the Bell Rings I’ll Be Free
In addition to returning stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are now also confirmed for the Saved by the Bell revival.
On the upcoming series, NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telagdy said:
“I know the show and its history. This is how I look at all these things. Would I do Saved By the Bell again? Hell yeah. Based on the context of some people showed up for that 90210 reboot. I backed away from it. It wasn’t what I was expected. I don’t know whether it’s a good surprise or a bad surprise. Tracey Wigfield is doing it. I bumped into Mark-Paul Gosselaar. They’re all excited about it.”
More MacGruber is on the Way
Ten years after the box office bomb turned cult classic, MacGruber is finally getting a sequel.
Will Forte will be back as MacGruber (a parody of MacGyver for the unaware), and Variety has the first synopsis:
In MacGruber, after rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (played by Forte) is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber, Vicki, and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within.
One More Leap?
In addition to Punky Brewster and Saved By the Bell, Bader also mentioned that there have been discussions about reviving Quantum Leap:
“That’s one that I know everyone is discussing.”
Quantum Leap ran from 1980 to 1993 and starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist who invented time travel. Every week he would leap into someone from the past to correct a wrong that occurred in history.
Syfy was developing a reboot of the show in 2009, but nothing ever materialized. Beckett was only able to travel to time periods he had lived in, and with nostalgia at an all-time high it’s likely this revival would take us to the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. That’s a sweet spot that would be hit a lot of people right.
Peacock launches July 15, 2020.
What are your thoughts on more Quantum Leap? Do you want to see more of MacGruber, Punky, and the kids of Bayside High? Let us know down in the comments below!