We bet you thought you’d never see Bayside High School again. According to The Wrap, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock is bringing Saved by the Bell back 30 years after its debut. It really doesn’t feel like it ever went away since it’s always on TV, but that’s not the point here.
Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley (who must be soooo excited to return) are slated to return to the Saved by the Bell reboot, but hopefully, other members of Zack’s school-ruling crew will come back too.
UPDATE, 01/27/20: Several new cast members were announced in a report by The Hollywood Reporter. Dexter Darden (The Maze Runner) will portray DeVante, a loner with a bad reputation who wants to create a new image. Haskiri Velazquez (The Birch) is Daisy, a smart sophomore and new Bayside student. Mitchell Hoog (Harriet) plays Mac Morris, the charming son of Zack Morris. Alycia Pascual-Pena (Moxie) will be Aisha, Daisy’s competitive and cool bestie. Rounding out the announced cast is Belmont Cameli (My Evil Stepdad), who plays Jamie, Jessie Spano’s son and the captain of the football team.
UPDATE, 1/7/20: According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Josie Totah (Champions, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will star in a leading role as Lexi, a pretty, witty cheerleader who is the most popular girl at Bayside High. But she’s not the quintessential nice girl like Kelly Kapowski.
UPDATE, 1/10/20: The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mark-Paul Gosselaar is officially reprising his role as the former troublemaker turned governor Zack Morris. Tiffani Thiessen, who portrayed Kelly, is also reportedly in talks to appear on the new series.
Right now, there’s no official word on whether Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhes) or Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) will return but its possible considering they all came together for a Jimmy Fallon Bayside reunion.
Of course, no one expects Dustin Diamond a.k.a. Screech to show up any time soon, but the show kinda has to bring back Gosselaar, right? In fact, the description focuses on how Zack’s new career affects this generation of Bayside teens.
When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.
It’s an interesting premise to go with, especially when the original star hasn’t signed on to the project. It’s possible that this show could take place in some weird alternate reality with a completely different looking Zack. After all, this kid was able to stop time to break the fourth wall. Or maybe he will be an unseen figure since the primary focus is on this new class of Bayside students.
The untitled series will be executive produced by Peter Engel, who served in that same capacity for Saved by the Bell and its spin-offs The College Years and The New Class. Franco Bario will also return as a producer alongside executive producer and writer Tracey Wigfield.
Will the school still have one hallway? Is Mr. Belding still the principal? Is The Max still the ultimate hangout spot/pep rally location? There’s a lot of questions here, so keep an eye out for more Saved by the Bell reboot updates.
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