Josh Peck has found a way back to TV, and he’s bringing man’s best friend along for the ride. Deadline reports the Drake & Josh alum has signed on to Disney+’s reboot of the iconic 1980s buddy cop comedy Turner & Hooch, taking over the role of Scott Turner from Tom Hanks. This time, the character being portrayed as a “buttoned-up U.S. Marshall.” The show – which is set to be a 12-episode first season – comes from The Gifted and Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who will serve as showrunner.
In recent years, fans have gotten to see a bit of a different side of Josh Peck via David Dobrik’s videos. However, my favorites were the ones where there were brief moments with his Nickelodeon co-stars Drake Bell or Miranda Cosgrove. Watching them together again, I wondered when a network would do a sitcom with these stars, thus aging them up with their original audience. But if that isn’t possible right now, Peck being back on a weekly TV show is a nice substitute. Peck’s bread and butter has always been family entertainment – even when he was on Fox’s Grandfathered – bringing an innocent, tongue-in-cheek quality to whatever part he plays (thus making his appearances in the Dobrik videos a bit jarring at first). To have him take over a role played one of Hollywood’s most wholesome stars is fantastic and serves as a bit of vindication for when Disney tried to bring the property to television with Back to the Future’s Thomas F. Wilson playing one half of the titular duo back in the 90s. I can’t wait to see what Peck brings to the role when Turner & Hooch debuts on Disney +.
Are you excited to see Josh Peck back on-screen, or do you think he should try something else? Do you think they will stick with the same breed of dog for Hooch? Will Disney get Tom Hanks to make a cameo? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more Disney + news!