Could we be in for a father-daughter hand-off for the Saved by the Bell reboot, a la Cory Matthews and Riley Matthews from Girl Meets World?
Here’s what we know so far about the Saved by the Bell sequel in production for NBC’s Peacock.
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 overprivileged Bayside kids a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality.
Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley will be reprising their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano. Mark-Paul Gosselaar has finalized his deal with Peacock to reprise his role as Zack Morris. Sources say he’s slated to appear in three episodes and is signed on as a producer along with his co-stars. And Josie Totah is set as the sequel’s lead.
She’ll be playing the new character, Lexi, “a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students.” Totah is also a producer for the sequel.
With so little information about the sequel available to Saved by the Bell fans and prospective viewers, the only thing left to do is speculate. And big question is just who Totah’s character will be, and whether or not she will have a connection to the original cast.
So it’s kind of interesting that Lexi’s description notably lacks a surname.
With sources saying Lopez and Berkley are set to step into the role of parents, Lexi could be their daughter or the daughter of one of their characters. Or Saved by the Bell could do a traditional hand-off for a sequel and Lexi could be Governor Zack Morris’ daughter.
Zack was the king of Bayside High. It stands to reason that his daughter would take over his reign as queen. While it’s not uncommon for cheerleaders in media to be depicted as queen bees–and Lexi certainly could have earned that status all on her own–there’s something about the transference of legacy that’s undeniably potent in sequels.
Not to mention a long-suffering Lexi helping her father clean up his mess by “teaching” the new kids the ins, outs, and rules of Bayside High is peak comedic fodder, especially because the likelihood of those kids listening to her is low.
What’s a queen bee to do if her loyal subjects no longer snap to at her command and start questioning the power structure now that the new kids are here to shake things up? We’ll have to wait and see, but I for one am excited to find out.
Until then at least we have this first look Mario Lopez provided of The Max on his Instagram. Looks like he even caught Josie in costume as Lexi!