NBC wants to reboot its popular 90s sitcom “Saved By The Bell” for the network’s upcoming streaming platform Peacock.
Returning from the show’s original cast are Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley. Behind the new episodes is 30 Rock and The Mindy Project producer Tracy Wigfield, as reported by TV Line.
The sitcom’s updated plot centers on Zack Morris who is now California’s fictional governor. The Bay Side Highschool alum faces backlash for closing down numerous low-income high schools. Governor Morris then suggests that students from the closed down schools enroll in the state’s top-tier institutions including Bayside High. This “gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality,” according to the show’s logline
While Zack’s character has been announced in the show’s plot, NBC hasn’t confirmed if Mark-Paul Gosselar will be reprising the role. Gosselaar is currently busy starring in ABC’s “Mixed-ish”.
The original show aired on the network between 1989 to 1993 which tells the story of a group of highschoolers as they navigate through adolescence at Bayside High. Aside from Goselaar, Berkley (Jessie Spano) and Lopez (A.C. Slater), the original cast includes:
Dennis Haskins (principal Mr. Belding), Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Dustin Diamond (Screech) and Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski).
The popular sitcom has since had two spin-offs, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Its success has even led to two TV movies.
Aside from the recently announced revival of the show, there are more reboots to come on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform. Peacock will be rolling out a Battlestar Galactica reboot from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
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