Saved by the Bell is officially getting a series revival, and the updated story will see Zack Morris now serving as the governor of California. You might need a moment to process that, so feel free to take a minute before continuing. Reportedly, the project has been revealed as part of the slate of original programming coming to NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service, which has been named Peacock. The comedy series comes from writer Tracey Wigfield, who also serves as showrunner. Additionally, Wigfield executive produces alongside series creator Peter Engel and Franco Bario.
The new Saved by the Bell will be set in the modern day, checking back in with the same high school depicted in the original series. Now the governor of California, Zack Morris finds himself in trouble for closing too many low-income schools in the state. He proposes sending the displaced students to the highest-performing schools in California, with many of them winding up at Bayside High - setting up a new cast of teenage characters. In addition to new younger characters, some previous cast members will also be returning, as Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley will reportedly reprise A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano in their new roles as parents.
At this time, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is in talks with NBCUniversal to reprise the role of Zack Morris, but has yet to officially sign on. It seems likely he will be involved, as the actor just this month spoke about his desire to return in a new show at a cast reunion with Lopez and Berkley. "If something came up, I'm sure all of us would want to be on board in some capacity, so there's that," Gosselaar told fans at Fan-Expo Canada. As the characters from the original series are now adults, Lopez also said a reboot would need to be "creative with the premise," and a pitch about Zack becoming the governor of California certainly fits that description.
Other cast members are also reportedly in talks of coming back in some capacity, but we shouldn't count on seeing everyone make an appearance. Dustin Diamond (Screech) has a rocky history with his Saved by the Bell co-stars, at one point releasing a tell-all book about his time on the set which painted the others in a very negative light. The other cast members disputed what was written, and Diamond himself later said it was fabricated by a ghost writer. Earlier this year, Gosselaar also said he hasn't spoken to Diamond in 25 years, suggesting their relationship is still strained. Meanwhile, Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) doesn't typically attend Saved by the Bell cast reunions either and it seems unlikely she'll appear on the show.
NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service will launch in April 2020, with both an advertising and subscription model. It's not yet clear if this new Saved by the Bell series will premiere with the launch of the service or if it will arrive at a later date. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.