Mario Lopez Joins ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot on NBCU’s Peacock Streaming
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Bold and Beautiful alum will revisit his television roots in new streaming series.
Actor Mario Lopez, who played Dr. Christian Ramirez on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006 and appeared on General Hospital as himself in 2017, has signed on for a newly announced reboot of Saved By the Bell, according to Deadline. Soaps.com has learned NBCUniversal’s new Peacock streaming service will feature the series, and that original cast members returning include Lopez, whose character in the original was A.C. Slater, and Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie Spano.
Saved By the Bell celebrated its 30th anniversary in August and ran from 1989 – 1992 on NBC. The show centered on a group of high school students including Michael Paul-Gosselaar’s Zach Morris, Dustin Diamond’s Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers, Lark Voorhies’ Lisa Turtle, Tiffani Thiessen’s Kelly Kapowski and Dennis Haskins as the school principal, Mr. Richard Belding. Over the four-year span several soap opera actors made appearances on the series including Denise Richards (Shauna Fulton, Bold and Beautiful), Patrika Darbo (Shirley Spectra, The Bold and the Beautiful, Nancy Wesley, Days of our Lives), Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed, Days of our Lives), Casper Van Dien (Tyler ‘Ty’ Moody, One Life to Live) and Tori Spelling (Donna Martin, Beverly Hills 90210, BH90210) who did a stint as Violet Bickerstaff. A spin-off entitled Saved By the Bell: The College Years ran for just one season in 1993 – 1994. The new reboot will be executive produced by Tracey Wigfield, who was the writer and producer of the hit series 30 Rock and also worked as a producer on The Mindy Project.
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Mario Lopez continues to host Extra, voices Cruz on the animated series Elena of Avalor, and can be seen on the HGTV series Supersize My Pool where he brings in a team to revamp families’ backyard pools and patios.
The launch of NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is slated for April 2020.