It’s happening, you guys! Yep, more than 30 years after Saved By the Bell first came out, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, announced that they were rebooting the iconic show, and we can’t wait! And to get you even more pumped for the upcoming series, the network just dropped a brand new trailer for it, and it looks like it’s going to be even better than we all expected!
But wait, who is starring in the brand new remake? Will any of the OG stars return? Is it going to continue the original story or redo it? And when will it come out? Not to worry, you guys, because we’ve got you covered. From the release date to the full cast to the plot, here’s everything we know so far about the Saved By the Bell remake…
Who Is Starring In The New Show?
Get ready, people, because a brand new set of students are about to walk the halls at Bayside High. Josie Totah, Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Dexter Darden, John Michael Higgins, Alycia Pascual-Pena and Belmont Cameli are set to play the new students — talk about a dream team! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Totah’s character is “a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High, who is both admired and feared by her fellow students.” Plus, the Jessie actress, who came out as transgender in 2018, gushed about her character at the Teen Choice Awards last year.
“She’s in theater, she’s evil, and she just happens to be transgender…. I can’t wait for people to be able to see themselves onscreen in that way,” she said.
According to The Wrap, Velazquez will play Daisy, “a smart, ambitious sophomore who is excited at the prospect of attending Bayside High after her local school gets shut down.” Pascual-Pena will play Aisha, “Daisy’s fun-loving, but ultra-competitive best friend. She grew up playing on boys’ sports teams and causes a stir when she tries to play football at Bayside.” As for Higgins, he will play Principle Toddman.
Are Any Of The OG Stars Going To Make Appearances?
Yes! Even though it’s going to follow a new group of students, a bunch of the old stars are going to return to play their old characters, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar (who portrayed Zack Morris), Elizabeth Berkley (who fans may recognize as Jessie Spano), Tiffani Thiessen (she played Kelly Kapowski) and Mario Lopez (who we all know as A.C. Slater). Dustin Diamond, who played Screech, will not return. He told TMZ, “I’m one of the rare people who was in every episode… How do you have Saved By The Bell without Screech? It seems like there’s a missed opportunity there.”
What Is It Going To Be About?
According to the official synopsis, Zack Morris is now the governor of California, and he “gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools and proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”
We also got a sneak peek of what’s going to go down from the trailer! In it, fans can see that Slater is now teaching gym at Bayside, where Zack and Kelly’s son (who is played by Hoog and described as “handsome, charming and privileged”) and Jessie’s son (who is played by Cameli and is described as “the captain of the Bayside football team and Jessie’s sensitive man-child son”) both attend high school.
When Does It Come Out?
The show was originally supposed to premiere on November 25, 2020, but seems to have been pushed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while the new trailer simply says “coming soon” at the end, Peacock chairman Matt Strauss confirmed earlier this year that the spin-off was still on track to come out sometime in 2020, despite the outbreak putting it on hold.
“We feel optimistic that we can have [it] available in 2020 as well as a few others,” he said.
Gosselaar also explained to Entertainment Tonight that they were almost finished with filming when production got put on hold.
“We had about two weeks left of filming, just Tiffani and my footage, but it’s put on hold. So hopefully we are going to get back to that… whenever we can,” the actor explained.
Lopez shared a video from on set of the new show on January 10, 2020, and boy, did it bring on the nostalgia.
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What Has The Cast Or Crew Said About It?
Executive producer Tracey Wigfield told Entertainment Tonight, “It’s a little bit of a reimagining. This is a single camera edgier comedy… If you never saw the show, it’s just a funny comedy about high school in 2020 that I think you’ll enjoy.”
What Was The Original Show About?
The OG show followed Zack and his friends, as they “navigated relationships, final exams, school dances, breakups and more while frequently frustrating their principal, Mr. Richard Belding, who did his best to keep them in check.” It aired from August 20, 1989, to May 22, 1993, and it was certainly a big part of a lot of people’s childhoods.
What Other Reboots Are In The Works?
It turns out, this isn’t the only upcoming reboot we have to look forward to. Yep, it was announced last year that HBO Max was working on a brand new Gossip Girl remake. Set four years after the original show ended, the upcoming series will follow “a new group of Upper East Siders as they’re thrown under the microscope of Gossip Girl’s social surveillance.” The show’s original creators, Joshua Schwartz, Joshua Safran and Stephanie Savage will all return to executive produce the reboot.
But that’s not all. Disney also revealed in 2019 that they were bringing back Lizzie McGuire! It will follow the blonde-haired character that we all know and love but now, she’s in her 30s and working as an apprentice to an interior designer in New York. Hilary Duff is going to return for the new show, and it seriously sounds like it’s going to be what dreams are made of.