It seems like the cool thing for networks and companies to do right now is have their own streaming service and NBC is jumping on the bandwagon: NBC has announced that April 2020 will be the launch of their own streaming service, Peacock.
As with any other streaming service, Peacock will offer a mix of entertainment: there will be new shows, access to old favorites, and my least favorite thing: reboots.
Which once beloved shows will be rebooted in an effort to cash in on the older generation’s taste for nostalgia?
Saved by the Bell
Fans of the original series will remember that the four season show took place at Bayside High in California and followed a group of six unlikely friends by high school standards: the prep, the jock, the nerd, the fashionista, the prom queen, and the brains. (Die hard fans will remember when the show only had Zack, Screech, and Lisa and they were in Indiana with a teacher named Miss Bliss). Besides the high school years, there was also Saved by the Bell: The College Years and movies with the original characters. Let’s not forget Saved by the Bell: The New Class. And now there will be a reboot.
This reboot will feature Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley who you may remember better as A.C. Slater and Jessica Spano. So what will it be about? According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The new straight-to-series comedy explores 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.
Um, governor Zack Morris? Does that mean that Mark Paul Gosselaar will be in the reboot, too? If so, then maybe I will give this one a try…
Soleil Moon Frye will reprise her role as a grown-up version of the title character. In this reboot, Punky is now a single mother of three. What will happen when she meets a young girl who reminds her of herself?
Not much is known right now about this series. Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot and Homecoming) has been named as executive producer and is reportedly a huge fan of the show.
Will the fourth time be the charm for this show? The original first aired in 1978 for one season, was made into a three-hour mini-series in 2003, which led to a four-season run.
Fans of comedies The Office and Parks & Recreation will be happy to know that these two shows will also be added to the streaming service in the fall of 2020 once their deals with other platforms are up.
If you’re interested in what else the streaming service will have to offer, check out Deadline’s detailed list.