Saved By The Bell reboot is canceled by Peacock after two-season run … show brought back original stars with new characters
The reboot of Saved By The Bell has been canceled after a two-season run on Peacock.
The show’s cast and crew were informed of the decision on Tuesday, sources told dead line.
‘We are so proud to have been the home of the next iteration of Saved by the Bell for both new and OG fans,’ a Peacock spokeswoman said in a statement on Wednesday. ‘Saved by the Bell has been a cultural mainstay for more than 30 years and the new series, led by Tracey Wigfield’s superfan enthusiasm and signature witty humor, seamlessly continued the show’s legacy, all while allowing more audiences to feel seen.
The latest: The reboot of Saved By The Bell has been canceled after a two-season run on Peacock. The show brought back original stars (L-R) Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar
‘We’re grateful to Tracey, Franco Bario, our partners at UTV, the beloved cast, and the fans who have continued to champion one of the most iconic shows of all time.’
The rebooted series began streaming in November of 2020, and its second season was released in November 2021.
The premise of the rebooted series saw original series Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprise their respective roles of AC Slater and Jessica Spano, while Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar returned for limited runs.
The cast also featured John Michael Higgins, Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Josie Totah and Haskiri Velazquez.
Lark Voorhies reprized her role as Lisa Turtle for the rebooted series
Mario Lopez played AC Slater on the rebooted series about Bayside High
The storyline saw Gosselaar’s character Zack Morris, now the governor of California, route students from shuttered underfunded high schools to Bayside High.
The series from Universal Television was headed by showrunner Tracey Wigfield alongside fellow executive producers Franco Bario and Peter Engel.
The show – which in April received Outstanding Comedy Series at the GLAAD Media Awards – delved into hot button issues including race, class and inclusion.
The series also included a memorial to original cast member Dustin Diamond, who died at 44 in February of 2021 after a brief battle with lung cancer.
The rebooted series began streaming in November of 2020, and its second season was released in November 2021
The series also included a memorial to original cast member Dustin Diamond, who died at 44 in February of 2021 after a brief battle with lung cancer
In a scene on the season two premiere, the original quintet of cast members congregated at their regular spot The Max and shared stories about the character, who in the storyline was said to be residing with his robot Kevin on the International Space Station.
The show also aired a montage of clips featuring Diamond from the show’s original run from 1989 thru 1992.
Reps for Diamond had told Entertainment Weekly that Diamond was talking to show producers about a potential return in the second season, but passed away in the time following.
Berkley told the outlet of the sequence: ‘We obviously gave that a lot of thought and care. [Wigfield] and the writers showed us, as a team [and] cast, a few different versions for how we could go about doing it. I can’t say enough about how inclusive [Wigfield] is in terms of collaboration, especially with this. Because this was someone in our lives, and it was so tragic.’