NBC has decided it’s time to revisit Bayside High. Back in September 2019, the network announced that it had plans to reboot Saved by the Bell, the beloved ’90s sitcom that followed characters Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, A.C. Slater, and Screech through high school (and, eventually, college and adult life). The series will air on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, which launched in July 2020.
We’re in an era of reboots—see Charmed, Gossip Girl, and Lizzie McGuire (maybe)—so it was only a matter of time before Saved by the Bell got a new version as well. And the first official full-length trailer, which Peacock dropped on October 27, promises lots of throwbacks to the original. Watch, below:
Here’s everything we know about the reboot:
What’s the plot?
According to the show’s official synopsis, Zack Morris—now the governor of California—gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools. So he proposes a new plan to send affected students to higher-performing schools…which includes, you guessed it, Bayside High.
On April 16, the first trailer was released. While we don’t get to see Zack or Kelly, we do catch up with Slater and Jessie. Slater is teaching gym at Bayside, where Zack and Kelly’s son and Jessie’s son attend high school. There are some jokes about how long ago the original show aired. At one point Justin Bieber gets called “old.” Sigh.
Who’s in the cast?
The Hollywood Reporter announced on January 6 that Josie Totah would star. Totah will play Lexi, described by THR as “a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High, who is both admired and feared by her fellow students.” Totah, who came out as transgender in 2018, said at the TCAs that playing a transgender student on TV that wasn’t all about her identity was an incredible opportunity. “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.”
Totah will be joined by a few original cast members, including Berkley and Mario Lopez. Berkley announced that they had signed on to the project back in September 2019.