It’s alright, ’cause Saved By The Bell is back.
Mario Lopez has given us a reason to wake up in the morning, when the ‘larm gives out a warning, because not only do we know that Saved By The Bell is getting the reboot treatment, but we now know that filming has begun, too – well, the promo has certainly been filmed.
The highly-anticipated reboot will offer a modern take on the classic early ’90s sitcom about a group of high school friends (with huge hair) from California. If you’re anywhere near my age, then it was most likely a staple of your childhood and you probably dressed up as one of the gang for a uni party or two. It’s safe to say that the ’90s vibes from this show were atrocious, and I’m ready for the ultimate throwback.
Actor and presenter Mario Lopez, who famously played token jock AC Slater on the hit show, recently gave fans a sneak peek at the new set via Twitter. In the video, Lopez and co-star Elizabeth Berkley (who plays Jesse) are sat in classic SBTB hang-out, The Max.
Lopez excitingly tells his followers that they’ve begun filming. He says:
“We just finished shooting our first scene; well, not really out first scene – more of a promo.”
Either way, the Bayside High gang are officially back together and playing their legendary characters again in front of cameras in 2020, which means the wheels are most certainly in motion, ’90s kids.
Access Hollywood shared a message from Lopez to fans of the show in a separate teaser:
“Here’s a little sneak peek of me with my girl Elizabeth Berkley looking over my head at this weekend’s table read.
“It’s all coming together, people! Can’t wait for you to check it out!”
Why do they need a box of tissues for a table read? Perhaps a sign of some classic gut-wrenching Saved by the Bell couple dramas yet to come? My God, I hope so.
Well, Lopez recently confirmed via Access Hollywood that former cast members Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen (F**KING ZACK AND KELLY) are set to play some sort of role in the reboot. *Calling everyone gay I know via my brick phone right now*
Here’s a very vague synopsis, too:
“A single-camera comedy that explores what happens when Zack, who is now the governor of California, 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.”
We also know that Gosselaar, Lopez and Berkley are all being credited as producers (in some shape or form).
The original Saved by the Bell ran for four seasons on NBC from 1989-1992. The show starred Gosselaar as Zack Morris, the leader of a group that included A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), “Screech” Powers (Dustin Diamond), and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies). The main series was followed by a spin-off series called Saved By the Bell: The College and a trashy movie or two. I’m f**king kidding – Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas is my hangover go to.
No word yet as to whether Lark Voorhies or Dustin Diamond will make an appearance in the upcoming reboot. There is the small matter of Diamond just being released from prison to attend with.
Maybe Seth Rogen is free to play middle aged Screech.
The series is set to air on on NBC Universal’s new streaming service, Peacock, which will launch in April 2020. Set the alarm.
Images via NBC, Getty, Mario Lopez via Twitter, Access Hollywood via Mario Lopez
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