Peacock cancels Saved By The Bell reboot after two seasons

The Saved By The Bell reboot was canceled after two seasons.

According to Deadline, the reboot’s cast and crew were notified on Wednesday (May 3) that the series won’t be reaching a third season.

Saved By The Bell first premiered in 1989 and ran for four seasons and 86 episodes through 1993. It followed a group of high school friends and their principal from fictional Bayside High School in Los Angeles as they navigated lives, loves, and an array of other teenage issues.

A big hit with viewers and broadcast worldwide, the show was such a hit that it produced two spin-offs; Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which ran for seven additional seasons and over 140 episodes. Besides that, the series also spawned two TV movies; Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style and Saved by the Bell: Las Vegas Wedding.

Peacock rebooted the show in 2020 as part of its new service. The reboot followed a new cast of students from Bayside High, with nearly all of the show’s original cast reprising their Adult Life roles.

The reboot’s second season premiered in November 2021, with all 10 episodes dropping on the streamer on the same day. Peacock had been tight-lipped about the show’s future, but has now swung the axe.

A Peacock spokesperson said of the cancellation: “We are so proud to have hosted the next iteration of Saved by the Bell for new fans and OG fans. Saved by the Bell is a mainstay culture for over 30 years and the new series, led by Tracey Wigfield’s superfan enthusiasm and witty humor, has seamlessly continued the show’s legacy, while allowing more viewers to feel seen. the fans who have continued to champion one of the most iconic shows of all time,”

Is the last we’ll see of Saved By The Bell? It will certainly be so for some time.


Analysis: Does nostalgia have its limits?

Peacock’s statement doesn’t get into the dirty business of why they canceled the show, but it’s unlikely to be complicated.

The vast majority of the cast in the reboot were young upstarts, and while the stars of the original series who reprized their roles, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen, could have charged a due premium, none of them are Hollywood A-listers.

As a single camera show largely takes place in the same location, the saving wouldn’t have been prohibitive, so you’d assume it comes down to viewing numbers, pure and simple.

When the reboot was announced, at a time when Peacock was aggressively pursuing subscribers, big nostalgic pieces like this will have served to attract viewers who had loved the show in their youth. Peacock’s bet then would be that either the show could gain a new, younger audience, or it would serve its purpose of hooking the show’s original, now adult, fans who would hopefully remain subscribers, but might not. not stay with the show. Peacock continues to grow with 13 million subscribers on her book now, but clearly not enough of them have continued to follow the events at Bayside High.

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