‘Saved by the Bell’ Announces Sitcom Reboot With Trailer Featuring Zack and Kelly

by Josh Lanier
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Bayside is back. Peacock, the NBC streaming service, released on Tuesday a trailer for its upcoming reboot of the much-beloved 1990s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”

The show features nearly all of the original main cast returning to Bayside High along with a new class of students. Though the trailer seems aimed at fans of the early 1990s show. That’s because it’s filled with Easter eggs, references, and in-jokes that only fans of the original would get. However, the trailer makes it seem as if the show hopes to create storylines away from those original members with its new cast.

The show premieres on Peacock on Nov. 25. The original ‘Saved by the Bell’ ran for four seasons on NBC from 1989 to 1993.

What is the New ‘Saved by the Bell’ About?

According to Variety, the updated ‘Saved by the Bell’ follows a new batch of students who are forced to attend Bayside High after their low-performing school is shut down by … California Gov. Zach Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). The synopsis reads: “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.”

Morris’ son attends Bayside High along with the son of Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley). AC Slater (Mario Lopez) works as the gym coach at the fictitious California high school.

The reboot seems rife with references and jokes meant for longtime fans of the show. Including scenes at The Max, the totally radical popular burger joint in the show, callbacks to bad studio audience reactions, and fan-favorite teacher Mr. Dewey. Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen) makes a brief cameo in the teaser trailer. Though it’s unclear if she is the First Lady of California. She and Zack Morris married in a spinoff of the original show.

The only members of the original cast not appearing in the trailer are Dustin Diamond and Lark Voorhies, who played Screech and Lisa Turtle respectively. Both have had serious troubles since the show ended.

Lopez discussed with People the show earlier this year when they were still filming episodes.

“It’s a little edgier and updated, but not naughty by all means,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and I’m having fun with it.”

Gosselaar, Thiessen, Lopez, and Berkley most recently reunited as their ‘Saved By The Bell’ characters in 2015 for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

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