Near the end of 2019, news began to circulate that Disney+ would likely be rebooting the Tom Hanks buddy cop comedy Turner & Hooch as a TV show. Fast forward to now, where the Turner & Hooch series has not only been confirmed, but it has also cast Hanks’ role with a former Nickelodeon star. Who could it be? Hint: His most recent starring TV role was alongside Full House’s John Stamos, and his last guest-star appearance (oddly enough) was on Fuller House.
If you guessed Josh Peck of Drake & Josh fame, then you are 100% correct. The actor, who is also quite the successful YouTube star, has been cast in the role of Scott Turner, aka Tom Hanks’ character from the original 1989 Turner & Hooch movie. There is a twist, though, as Peck’s Scott Turner will be a bit different from Hanks’ version.
Instead of being a police officer, Josh Peck’s Scott Turner will be a U.S. Marshal. Described by Deadline as “ambitious” and “buttoned-up,” Peck’s Scott no doubt will share something very crucial in common with his predecessor. Peck’s Scott also inherits a “big unruly dog,” and the two become partners, thus giving the show its name.
Turner & Hooch’s first season will consist of 12 episodes, and they will be an hour each. Twelve hours of Turner & Hooch! Here's hoping the creative team gives Josh Peck and his four-footed friend a deep enough storyline to make all those hours worth viewers' time.
The only possible downside for excited viewers is they will probably have to wait for new installments of Turner & Hooch every week, per Disney+'s rollout strategy. However, if you want to watch the original Turner & Hooch for the first time or the seventieth time, Disney+ already has it available to stream right now.
And who is the main creative mind behind the series? Burn Notice creator Matt Nix is also developing the Turner & Hooch TV show. Nix will also act as the executive producer of the series alongside Bones’ Josh Levy. Hopefully, the television show goes more smoothly behind-the-scenes than the original movie apparently did for its first director and star. Now that casting has been completed for Tom Hanks’ role, what about Josh Peck’s co-star?
Hooch has not gotten cast yet. It remains to be seen if Hooch will remain a Dogue de Bordeaux as the original Hooch was, as played by Beasley. I could theoretically see Turner & Hooch using a Pit Bull to play beloved the canine. (Jean-Luc Picard has one as his best friend on Star Trek: Picard, per Patrick Stewart’s insistence.) Or perhaps the producers will choose another breed that fits the story.
With Josh Peck’s casting, the Turner & Hooch TV show is keeping a lead actor who has skills in both drama and comedy in the way that Tom Hanks was. The former Nickelodeon star has mostly gravitated towards comedies through the years with a dash of drama, and Turner & Hooch should fall within those parameters. (Check out Mean Creek, if you haven't yet, for a pummeling performance from Peck and the rest of the young cast.)
Adding to Josh Peck’s background is that he is also quite familiar with the buddy genre, thanks to Drake & Josh. (The actor regularly sees his former co-star Drake Bell, too, so the buddy idea isn't just an on-screen thing.) Turner & Hooch is going to be an hour-long show, which indicates it will not be a full-blown comedy, which tend to fit within the half-hour timespan. It seems like the Disney+ TV show could head into dramedic territory. As long as the first season steers clear of the 1989 film’s ending, fans should be good to go!
A premiere date for the Turner & Hooch series has not gotten announced yet, so stay tuned. There is a lot currently streaming on Disney+, and many premieres are set to join them throughout this winter and spring.
Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.
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