Peacock’s Punky Brewster Star Talks Shooting In Front Of A Live Audience Again

Peacock’s revival of the ’80s sitcom Punky Brewster lands on the streaming service on February 25, and during a presentation for the show, series star Soleil Moon Frye discussed returning to the role and filming before a live studio audience.

The pilot episode of the revival was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world, so the cast was able to film before a live studio audience. During a presentation for the show at the TCA Winter Press Tour, Frye discussed her feelings about being back in front of an audience. “It felt like lightning in a bottle,” Frye said. “There was an energy that was so beautiful and so amazing in the way in which we all came together. You could literally hear a pin drop in the live audience taping because people were so invested, and it felt so incredible. I’m constantly in tears of gratitude to be able to have this dream come true.

“And we were so emotional at the end when we were talking to the audience because we said [that] these are not just characters for us. These are our beings and Punky Power to us is about so much of our rediscovery of self. Then to shoot the rest of the series, during COVID, to really do it in a safe way was so incredible and to keep the authenticity, it was truly magical to see.”

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