Peacock has more Saved by the Bell where last year's reboot series came from. After becoming the No. 1 show on the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service, the new Saved by the Bell has been officially renewed for a 10-episode second season. This marks the first Peacock original series to get a renewal thus far, though the news isn't particularly surprising, given that the reboot turned out to be a success for the streamer.
"I'm thrilled that Saved by the Bell has been renewed," writer and executive producer Tracey Wigfield said in a statement. "I've been blown away by all the love for the show and can't wait to go back and make more episodes. Hopefully we stay on Peacock for many more seasons, and then in 30 years, somebody does a reboot of our reboot and invents the threeboot."
The new Saved by the Bell primarily follows a new group of teenage students at Bayside High, but several familiar faces from the original series appeared in the first season. Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley are featured in starring roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, while Mark-Paul Gosselaar is also featured to reprise the role of Zack Morris. Tiffany Thiessen and Lark Voorhies have also made special appearances as Kelly Morris and Lisa Turtle, and Ed Alonzo is also back as Max.
In the reboot, Zack Morris is now the Governor of California. The series begins with Zack sending lower-income students to the highest-performing schools in the state due to controversy over his administration closing too many low-income high schools. This sees a variety of students mingling at Bayside High, with a cast of newcomers including Josie Totah, Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Belmont Cameli, and Dexter Darden.
Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content at NBCUniversal TV and Streaming, helped to explain the decision to renew the reboot. As she says, "Saved by the Bell brought a fresh and modern take to the beloved original series that resonated with viewers of all ages. Season 1 tackled topical, relevant issues with wit, heart, humor and just the right amount of nostalgia. And we look forward to bringing fans back to Bayside next season."
"We are immensely proud of Tracey's innovative reimagining of Saved By the Bell for a new generation. The stories told in Season 1 are both authentic and meaningful, and are elevated by outstanding performances from our cast," adds Universal Television President Erin Underhill. "We are grateful to our partners at Peacock and the fans for their continued support of the series. We can't wait to be back next semester at Bayside High - a place where all are welcome!"
One original star that didn't return is Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in the original series and both of its spinoffs. His character was referenced in the reboot with one character revealing that Screech was currently at the International Space Station. Wigfield and Berkley have both teased that Screech could show up in a future season if the series goes past season 1, which now it definitely will be. Sadly, Diamond has since been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and has begun chemotherapy treatments.
"I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he'll overcome this. Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery. God Bless," Mario Lopez tweeted shortly after Diamond was diagnosed.
The first season of the Saved by the Bell reboot series is now streaming on Peacock. There's no word yet on when season 2 will premiere. This news comes to us from Deadline.