One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Saved by the Bell sequel for NBC Universal’s streaming network Peacock was if original star Mark-Paul Gosselaar would return as Zack Morris. Well, wonder no longer – because “The Zack Attack” is back, joining other former Bayside High alums Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, who played A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively.
The 45-year old actor, who currently stars in ABC’s Mixed-ish, will appear in three episodes as the governor of California. The story follows Slater and Jessie, now parents who have a child at Bayside High as the school becomes overcrowded – thanks to Morris’ decision to close a number of low-income schools that sent a number of their students to his excelling alma mater. Gosselaar will also be credited as a producer alongside Lopez and Berkley. The actor’s limited involvement is due to his commitment to the ABC series – though aside from Mixed-ish at a different studio, it’s also an unwritten industry rule to limit series regulars to three episodes when appearing on other shows.
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The Hollywood Reporter also reports Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski and Zack’s high school sweetheart, is in talks to return. The series last left the pair married in the 1994 television movie Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas – and Thiessen currently stars in the Netflix series Alexa & Katie. The upcoming Saved by the Bell revival stars Josie Totah as Lexi, a beautiful, quick-witted cheerleader who also happens to be the most popular student at Bayside. Like her predecessor in Zack, fellow students fear and admire her.
Created by Sam Bobrick, the sequel comes courtesy of Great News creator Tracey Wigfield and Universal Television. She also serves as showrunner and executive producer. Joining her to executive produce are Peter Engel and Franco Bario, who did the same for the original 1989 series.
The series also stars John Michael Higgins as Principal Toddman. There’s no word if original cast members Dennis Haskins, Dustin Diamond, or Lark Voorhies will make appearances.