The early '90s teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, which originally aired on NBC from 1989-1993, is the latest old-school favorite to get a 2020 update, and Jessie and Champions star Josie Totah is set to play one of the lead roles. The new show will air exclusively on NBC's streaming platform, Peacock.
According to Variety, Josie will play a character named Lexi, a cheerleader who rules Bayside High. She is "both admired and feared by her fellow students." Former Saved by the Bell stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Perkins are set to return to their former home too, and while we won't see the iconic Zack Morris onscreen (that we know of), the former golden boy is integral to the new show's plotline. Variety reports that Zack is now the governor of California, and sends students from low-performing schools to Bayside.
Josie, who came out as trans in 2018, knows how important representation is for young people. "All that young people have to look up to are older role models, and I think it’s important to have people like myself show that it’s OK to be who you are when you’re young," she told Teen Vogue at the time. Since then, Josie has snagged roles in the Netflix series No Good Nick and Good People, a TV movie.
NBC's new streaming service is set to launch in April, but we don't have a clear premiere date for the new Saved by the Bell yet. May we suggest binging the original series on Hulu to get yourself in the Bayside High mindset?
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