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'Saved by the Bell' is Getting Rebooted

Wednesday Sep 18, 2019
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, left, Elizabeth Berkley, center, and Mario Lopez, right, reuniting as their "Saved by the Bell" characters on "The Tonight Show."
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, left, Elizabeth Berkley, center, and Mario Lopez, right, reuniting as their "Saved by the Bell" characters on "The Tonight Show."  (Source:YouTube Still via NBC)

It's time to break out your acid-washed jeans!

NBCUniversal announced its streaming service this week. Called Peacock, the network also revealed that it'll be rebooting the beloved early 90s teen sitcom "Saved by the Bell," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new version of the show will work with original stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley and sources told THR that the streaming service is reaching out to other members of the cast to return to the show, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris.

In the updated "Saved by the Bell," Zack has become the governor of California, who finds himself in trouble after closing too many low-income high schools. His fix entails sending those students affected to the highest-performing schools in the state, which includes Bayside High. The slew of new students give the privileged kids of the school a wakeup call and a reality check, THR writes.

Both Lopez and Berkley will return to the show, reprising their characters A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano. Sources told THR they are now parents.

"30 Rock" and "Great News" creator Tracey Wigfield will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside the original "Saved by the Bell" creator Pete Engel. Franco Bario, Lopez and Berkley will also be producers, THR reports.

The new take on the comedy is expected to debut in the summer of 2020 soon after Peakcock launches. The streamer will also have a number of other shows to debut as well, including a new "Battlestar Galactica" fro "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail.

"Saved by the Bell" ran for four seasons from 1989 through 1993. Some of the cast, which also includes Dustin Diamond; Tiffani-Amber Thiessen; and Lark Voorhies, reunited in 2015 on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." Revisit that below.


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