It’s clear that Jessie Spano will never forget her caffeine pill addiction in the new trailer for the Saved by the Bell reboot.
The NBC streaming platform Peacock released the second trailer for the upcoming reboot of Saved by the Bell and Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley Lauren) is featured quite a bit. As an alum of the school herself, Spano experienced plenty of shenanigans back in her day. As Bayside High’s guidance counselor she can help save a new generation from making the same mistakes. As she hilariously smacks caffeine pills from the hands of Zack Morris’s son she says, “At first, they’re so exciting. And then, it gets even more exciting. But after that, it gets so scary.”
Watch the second teaser below, and the first one here:
In a panel on Monday, the cast talked about the upcoming reboot, the importance of the original, and the strides Peacock is making to make this version as inclusive as the original was.
“Mario is one of the first Latinos that we saw on screen, and it’s one of the reasons that I love the show,” said one of the shows stars Pascual-Peña, who is Afro-Latina. “And Lisa [Lark Voorhies] was one of the first multi-dimensional black women that we saw on the show. I really have so much love and admiration for this show because we get to progress conversations that need to really be discussed in a transparent forum. I think the show deals with these issues in such a beautiful way, specifically in my experience getting to play an Afro-Latina is such a blessing.”
Another series star Josie Totah, who came out as transgender in 2018, spoke about her pride in being able to represent her community on the series. “Getting to play a transgender role on screen is obviously very rare,” she said. “There’s almost zero representation of people in the trans community. Growing up as a young trans girl, I feel that never seeing myself [on TV] made me never feel truly accepted by the world.”
“Originally, Saved by the Bell was one of the few shows that showed racial diversity in general,” star Dexter Darden explained. “We weren’t used to seeing Black women who were on a show with white women and white men who were on the show with a Latino man. And so to be able to bring that back and really cross racial boundaries and generations and show that inclusivity is important and that everybody has different colors, different races, different genders, can all do the same job equally. It’s great having all individual communities represented on the show. We have Josie on the show who is putting the transgender community on her shoulders and trying to bring that to a new light. It’s special for us to be a part of it.”
Saved by the Bell is also bringing back Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater as the high school’s gym teacher. The premise of the reboot starts with California Governor Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) finding himself in trouble for closing too many low-income high schools, and then proposes that the affected students be sent to the highest-performing schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students will give the overprivileged Bayside kids a much-needed dose of reality. From what we know, Gosselaar’s character won’t be featured very much in the reboot, unlike two of the original co-stars.
No release date for the new Saved by the Bell has been announced as of yet.