NBCUniversal has been revealing some big news lately with the announcement that they will be launching their very own streaming service which will be called Peacock. In addition to the news that fan-favorite NBC series “Friends”, “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” being offered on the new streaming service, they have also revealed that they will be rebooting some NBC classics as well.
NBCUniversal revealed that they will be rebooting “Saved By The Bell” which will feature original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley and “Punky Brewster” which actress Soleil Moon Frye has already signed on to play an adult version of her former childhood character. The Peacock service is set to launch in April of 2020 and will also include a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” that will be executive produced by “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail.
It is said these reboots will be part of the 15,000 hours of content expected at launch spanning original and library titles along with movies from the NBCU family.
According to Deadline, “Saved By the Bell, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last month, was a high school-set comedy that ran on NBC for four seasons from 1989-1992. It starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, the fulcrum of a group that included A.C. Slater (Lopez), Jessie Spano (Berkley), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), “Screech” Powers (Dustin Diamond), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) and Dennis Haskins as Principal Belding. A spinoff, Saved By the Bell: The College Years, ran one season in 1993-94.
NBCU said Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer-producer Tracey Wigfield is executive producing the reboot. The original series hailed from NBC Productions.
Punky Brewster, meanwhile — earmarked as a sequel to the Emmy-nominated sitcom — has been in development with Universal Content Productions. Frye is set to reprise her role as the titular character, an orphan who is being raised by a foster father (George Gaynes). The original series created by David W. Duclon ran for four seasons from 1984-1988, two on NBC and two in syndication.
In the multi-camera/hybrid reboot, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.”
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