NBCUniversal’s newly named streaming service, Peacock, is teaming with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley for a new Saved by the Bell series. Mark-Paul Gosselaar might return too (cue 2:45). Mark-Paul is an ABC/Disney employee though, on the new show ‘Mixed-ish’, so that might be an obstacle.
The plot is supposed to be about what happens when California Gov. Zack Morris (Gosselaar’s role) gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools and proposes the affected students be sent to the highest-performing schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over-privileged Bayside kids a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality. Lopez and Berkley will return to play their beloved characters A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively, in what sources say are new roles as parents.
Other shows coming to Peacock are other reboots of classic TV series like Battlestar Galactica, and Punky Brewster, along with new comedies like an SNL docuseries from Lorne Michaels, a Jimmy Fallon talk show, and another Real Housewives spinoff are also coming to the service. You’ll also be able to find classic NBC sitcoms The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, Cheers and Frasier there.
On the film side, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation will develop original movies and animated series. Peacock will also house Universal’s and Focus Features’ film library including American Pie, Bridesmaids, Back To The Future, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Jaws.
Peacock launches in April 2020.