NBC is in the midst of reviving Saved by the Bell with a sequel series for the network's streaming service Peacock, and the show has found its lead in transgender actress Josie Totah. Known for her roles in Glee, Champions, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, Totah will play the role of "Lexi" in the upcoming series revival. The character is described as a "beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High, who is both admired and feared by her fellow students."
Previously, details about the premise of the updated Saved by the Bell have also been revealed. Following the events of the original series, Zack Morris has since been elected as the Governor of California where he's faced with citizen backlash for closing too many low-income high schools. Zack responds by sending the displaced students to study at some of the state's more prestigious high schools, including the setting of the original series - Bayside High.
A small handful of other cast members have also been confirmed for the Saved by the Bell TV reboot. This includes John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as the new principal of Bayside High. Original series stars Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez have also signed on to reprise their roles as Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater, respectively. Oddly enough, while Zack Morris will be revealed as the new Governor of California in the series, actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar said after news of the revival broke that he didn't know a thing about it, though he'd be open to returning if he got the call.
Chances are, several other stars from the original show will be appearing, though we shouldn't count on seeing every classic character return. Dustin Diamond, who we all know as Screech, has had a bit of a strained relationship with the rest of the cast since publishing many outlandish claims about them in his biographical book Behind the Bell. Diamond has since suggested that a ghost writer is to blame for the book's controversial content, but perhaps the damage has been done, as the actor has been notably absent in all subsequent Saved by the Bell reunions.
Saved by the Bell is just one of many classic sitcoms from the past to come back with a modern revival. On Netflix, Full House got its own sequel series in the form of Fuller House, which would ultimately last for five seasons. Other classic comedy shows from the era like Roseanne, Mad About You, and Will and Grace have gotten the chance to reboot themselves as well. With a Frasier reboot also in the works, television is certainly looking a lot like the mid '90s all over again.
Universal Television is producing the Saved by the Bell reboot for the Peacock streaming app. Tracy Wigfield (Great News) is also attached to write and serve as showrunner for the upcoming series. Additionally, Wigfield will executive produce alongside Berkley, Lopez, Franco Bario (Great News), and original series creator Peter Engel.
NBC's streaming service, Peacock, will launch in April 2020. There's no word yet on when exactly the new Saved by the Bell will be available on the service, though it's expected to arrive sometime this year. This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.