Did you know there was a Saved by the Bell reboot in the works? Are you SO EXCITED? Well hold onto your pom poms, because Peacock just announced it’s premiering on November 25.
In a world rife with reboots, it only seemed natural that someone would pitch a new version of the beloved 90s sitcom. I expected it to merely pay lip service to the original, like previous attempts (Hello, The New Class). So I was pleasantly surprised at how much the original characters—and cast—will actually be featured.
Here’s everything we know so far.
The Tone Will be Edgier
So technically is a “reimagining,” not a reboot. And the tone will be a bit edgier than the original.
“It’s not a reboot, but a reimagining,” executive producer Tracey Wigfield revealed. “This is a single-camera, edgier comedy that I think will be exciting for those that loved the original.”
She says that it will be able to stand on its own, though. “There are definitely one-off stories about falling in love with the same girl, where we poke fun at the original show, mixed with larger arcs and love triangles.”
According to the synopsis, Zack Morris is now the governor of California (because sure, why not?) and has gotten in trouble for cutting funding—and thus closing down—too many low-income high schools.
The solution? Sending the affected students to higher-performing schools, of course. Like, duh, Bayside.
Zack and Kelly Kapowski’s own son, Mac, is a current student at the school. As is Jessie Spano’s son, Jamie. The story will follow these kids and their classmates as they navigate the influx of new students to Bayside High.
We’ve gotten a couple of teaser trailers so far. One features Slater as a gym teacher at the school, lecturing two students about fighting and talking about the good ol’ days. Another shows Jessie knocking caffeine pills out of a kid’s hands by the lockers and sharing her own cautionary tale.
We also see that “The Max” is still a popular hangout with current and former students, with kids joking about the school’s “seniors” still rocking letter jackets.
Elizabeth Berkely and Mario Lopez will reprise their roles as Jessie and Slater. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set to appear in three episodes as Governor Zack Morris. Gosselaar is also credited as an executive producer.
Earlier in the year there were reports that Tiffany Amber Thiessen was in talks to appear as Kelly Kapowski. As of now she’s not listed in the cast.
The new Saved by the Bell will also star Josie Totah, Dexter Darden, Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, and Belmont Cameli. John Michael Higgins will play the Belding-esque principal of Bayside.
The show is being written and executive by Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer-producer Tracey Wigfield.