The old gang is back together! A new trailer for Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” gives the first look at Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen, who repeat their roles as Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski, respectively.
And let’s face it, too much of the audience in this upcoming streaming sitcom says John Michael Higgins’ principal Ronald Toddman the best: “I just don’t care about Zack and Kelly!”
The new trailer, as you can see above, speaks directly to fans of the original late 1980s / early 1990s Saturday morning series with recalls that AC Slater (Mario Lopez) calls Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley Lauren) “Mama”, as well as turning a chair around so he can sit down in it backwards. It also shows all four of the original cast taking the stage for what appears to be a Zack Attack reunion in the style of Zack̵
Mr. Dewey (Patrick Thomas O’Brien) even shows up in a cameo in the trailer, which also features a remixed version of “Friends Forever.”
But it also provides insight into the truly new story for this incarnation of the show: Governor Zack Morris (yes, really) closes a number of underfunded colleges, leaving his students preoccupied with them in more affluent areas, namely Bayside High School. His son Mac (Mitchell Hoog) and Jessie’s son Jamie (Belmont Cameli) attend Bayside, as does the rich and popular Lexi (Josie Totah), while Slater works there as a gym teacher. Slater is especially “psychic” about the arrival of these new children (Dexter Darden’s Devante, Alycia Pascual-Peñas Aisha and Haskiri Velazquez’s Daisy) because he can share his story of entering these halls as a new child and finally finding a place he felt he belonged.
“This place is magical,” he says.
Fortunately, the trailer also assures that if you thought it was weird that dining owner Max (Ed Alonzo) performed magic tricks – including pulling live birds out at his customer’s tables – while serving food, you were right ahead of your time.
Tracey Wigfield serves as the showrunner for the series, which is also produced by Franco Bario and Peter Engel. Lopez, Berkley Lauren, Gosselaar, Thiessen and Totah act as producers. The show is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
“Saved by the Bell” premiered Nov. 25 at Peacock. Look at the “Saved by the Bell” keyboard below: