After two seasons, the comedy, a revival of the 1990s teen sitcom, was canceled by the Universal streaming service. The second season of Saved by the Bell premiered in November, with all ten episodes airing the week before Thanksgiving.
Why Is ‘Saved By The Bell’ Canceled After Season 2?
While no official reason for Saved by the Bell’s cancellation has been given, TV’s Top 5 podcast discussed the surprising decision on its May 6th episode. The reboot was one of the last shows to be approved by Bill McGoldrick, Peacock’s former Head of Programming, according to Lesley Goldberg of THR. Since then, the streaming service has been run by Susan Rovner and Frances Berwick.
In addition to their numerous other responsibilities, Rovner and Berwick, according to Goldberg, have been increasingly focused on greenlighting “watercooler” shows like Pete Davidson’s semi-autobiographical comedy. Other new shows touted include Pitch Perfect, Ted, and Twisted.
Peacock’s Official Statement
Peacock said in a statement that “We are so proud to have been the home of the next iteration of ‘Saved by the Bell’ for both new and OG fans, Saved by the Bell’ has been a cultural mainstay for more than 30 years and the new series, led by Tracey Wigfield’s superfan enthusiasm and signature witty humor, seamlessly continued the show’s legacy, all while allowing more audiences to feel seen. We’re grateful to Tracey, Franco Bario, our partners at UTV, the beloved cast, and the fans who have continued to champion one of the most iconic shows of all time.”
The inference is that Saved by the Bell, which received the majority of its favorable buzz after season 1, would not appeal to a large enough audience to sustain its continuation. It could simply be that new leadership has different aims and wants to build a distinct identity, which is normal.
Another issue could be that Saved by the Bell’s audience hasn’t grown enough and, in fact, has decreased in season 2. Still, it’s difficult to say for sure because streaming providers rarely provide specific figures.
About Saved By The Bell Series
Saved by the Bell was a popular 1990s sitcom that featured Kelly Kapowski, A.C. Slater, Zack Morris, and Screech as they progressed through high school, college, and adulthood. The series was revived in 2019, with the first season premiering in November of that year.
The relaunch of Saved by the Bell was greatly anticipated, especially in this era of reboots that includes Charmed, Gossip Girl, and Fuller House. The first trailer, which featured several references to the original series, was released in October 2020.
Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkeley, who played A.C Slater and Jessica Spano in the original series, reprised their roles in the revived show.
Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar returned in recurring roles alongside other cast members from the original series, including Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, and Mario Lopez.
The initial cast was expanded to include John Michael Higgins, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah, Dexter Darden, Belmont Cameli, Alycia Pascual-Pena, and Haskiri Velazquez.
The reworked version for television was created by Tracey Wigfield, who was also the show’s executive producer. The other executive producers are Franco Bario and Peter Engel.
Because Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, does not share watching data, the public has no way of judging the show’s success. The resurrected series, on the other hand, earned positive reviews from critics, especially for the performances of the young actors.
Saved by the Bell’s demise is definitely unfortunate for fans, but during its limited run, the relaunch exposed audiences to various new faces, many of whom shone. It also managed to parody the original while recognizing what made it unique.
The return to Bayside High will be recognized as a stunning example of how to pull off a spectacular revival of a dormant franchise as Peacock continues its search for that breakout show that will allow it to compete with HBO Max and Disney+.