Turner and Hooch release date now known

Josh Peck in Turner and Hooch. Photo courtesy of Disney Plus. © Disney, All Rights Reserved
Josh Peck in Turner and Hooch. Photo courtesy of Disney Plus. © Disney, All Rights Reserved /

The Turner and Hooch release date is now known, as an avalanche of Disney Plus announcements and trailers were unveiled on Wednesday, February 24, anchored by the fellow nostalgia-driven trailer for the Mighty Ducks: Game Changers TV series.

The Turner and Hooch TV series will be a reimagining of, and in some ways a sequel to, the Tom Hanks movie of the same name, which also stars Craig T Nelson (Coach, All the Right Moves, The Incredibles), and it will drop its first episode on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Created, written and executive produced by The Gifted showrunner Matt Nix, it will star Josh Peck (Drake and Josh, The Amanda Show, Ice Age franchise) in the role of Scott Turner, who unexpectedly finds himself partnered with a gigantic canine named Hooch.

Given the time-gap between the movie’s release date in1989 and the likely TV show setting of 2020/21, it seems likely that this new Hooch could be a descendent of the colossal and slobbery Bordeaux from the movie, somewhere between four and seven generations down the line (going off a similar time-jump between Full House’s Comet and Fuller House‘s Cosmo).

Peck’s Turner will be the son of Hanks’ character, a US Marshal who inherited his uptight personality, and together the titular partners will investigate his father’s death. Peck starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) Max Keebler’s Big Move, so this will be a homecoming of sorts, though most of his fame came from working on Nickelodeon shows.

Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother, Agent Carter, Kick-A**) will play Scott’s sister Laura, and Carra Patterson will play his police partner Jessica Baxter.

The Turner and Hooch release date is now known.

Other main characters include Vanessa Lengies as dog trainer Erica Mouniere, Anthony Ruvivar as Scott’s boss James Mendez, Brandon Jay McLaren as cat-loving coworker Xavier Wilson, and Jeremy Maguire as Laura’s son Matthew.

Collider speculates that it could possibly be a procedural type of drama something like Burn Notice, noting that most Disney Plus projects are either overtly kid-friendly (which unfortunately usually means uninteresting for adults) or MCU-centric like WandaVision.

The pilot, titled “Forever and a Dog,” will be directed by action movie director McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation, The Babysitter), who will also be an executive producer on the series.

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Again, the Turner and Hooch TV series will begin on Friday, July 16.