Updated on July 26, 2021
Turner & Hooch is officially airing on Disney+, everybody! Based on the 1989 film, the television series — starring Josh Peck — aired its first episode on Wednesday, July 21.
Josh plays the adult son of Tom Hanks’s character in the original film, Scott Turner Jr., a U.S. Marshal who inherits his late father’s French Mastiff.
For Josh, who has been acting since he was a kid, snagging this role has allowed him to return to his roots.
“I was looking for something that was similar to what I grew up doing, but also elevated. This allowed me to do the kind of broad physical comedy that is my greatest joy while also adding in certain elements of things that I wasn’t used to doing — like looking like a guy that could save you as a U.S. Marshal,” he told The Post.
For more information on the show, including who is in it, read on!
Original story published on June 24, 2021
32 years after the release of the original, a television series based on the 1989 classic film Turner & Hooch is set to air next month on Disney+.
The series will star Josh Peck in the role of Detective Turner. Peck initially achieved fame on Nickelodeon programs like The Amanda Show and Drake and Josh, but he will now be taking his talents to this exclusive Disney+ series. Read on to find out who else is participating in this exciting remake!
A little background before we dive into this reboot: Turner & Hooch is a buddy cop comedy film that centers around a detective, Scott Turner (Tom Hanks), and his dog, Hooch (Beasley the Dog). The original film’s cast also included Mare Winningham, Reginald VelJohnson, J.C. Quinn, Scott Paulin, John McIntire, Ebbe Roe Smith, Clyde Kusatsu, and Ernie Lively. It’s available to watch now on Disney+.
Touchstone Pictures paid more for this script than they had ever spent prior to this time. They dropped a cool $1 million to acquire the screenplay for Turner & Hooch, and it sure paid off.
While the critical response to this film was mixed, Turner & Hooch was a box-office success. The budget for the film was $13 million, and its theater run raked in about $71.1 million. Time will tell if the upcoming series garners the same kind of interest from today’s audiences.
Interestingly, the director of the original Turner & Hooch was supposed to be none other than Henry Winkler. Winkler and Hanks seem like two of the sweetest guys in Hollywood, but Ron Howard confirmed in 2020 that the two golden boys had a falling out on the set of the buddy cop film. This led to Winkler being replaced by director Roger Spottiswoode.
As for the reboot, we will get to see Josh Peck of Drake and Josh fame step into Turner’s shoes. Peck got famous through a buddy sitcom, so a buddy-cop series should be right in his wheelhouse. At 34 years old, Peck is right around the same age that Hanks was when playing Turner. Catch a sneak peek here!
And who has the great honor of playing Hooch the dog? It’s actually five different French mastiffs this time! The stars who play Hooch are five doggies. Their names are Arnie, Obi, Cyd, Hammer, and Mya.
Other cast members include Lyndsy Fonseca as Turner’s sister, Vanessa Lengies as Erica Mouniere, Carra Patterson as Jessica Baxter, Anthony Ruivivar as James Mendez, Brandon Jay McLaren as Xavier Watkins, and Jeremy Maguire as Matthew Garland.
The original Turner & Hooch film quickly became a pop culture icon, and Disney+ hopes for a similar response to the new series, which will air on July 16, 2021. There will be 12 episodes in total, and each one will be released a week at a time throughout the rest of summer. Reprising a role originally played by the Tom Hanks is no small feat for any actor, but the endlessly charming Josh Peck should be able to pull it off with flying colors. Will you be tuning in to watch the latest adventures of Detective Turner and his furry friend Hooch this summer?