The axe can’t rescue Saved by the Bell.
Despite positive reviews and a recent industry award, Peacock has cancelled the Saved by the Bell revival.
It was announced by The Hollywood Reporter that Saved by the Bell will not be spared from the axe that is already swinging freely at streaming providers.
Between 1989 to 1993, a four-season version of the programme aired on NBC, which lasted for 20 episodes over two seasons. Students from low-income families are relocated to Bayside High after California Governor Jerry Brown closed down underfunded schools. Hilarity ensues, as do a few sobering life lessons.
Many of the original cast members returned for the Saved by the Bell remake. Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies and Ed Alonzo stepped in for Duston Diamond and Dennis Haskins, who were not there. Fresh names such as Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual-Pea, and John Michael Higgins were also on hand.
The GLAAD Media Award for Best Comedy Series went to the programme only a few weeks ago, and it has received generally positive reviews. 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes overall, and 100 percent for season 2, and a 73 percent audience rating for the new Saved by the Bell. A third season may not have been necessary due to the fact that not enough Peacock subscribers opted in to see it.
Peacock confirmed the cancellation of the programme in a statement that read: “We are very thrilled to have been the home of the newest edition of Saved by the Bell for new and OG viewers.
A cultural institution for almost 30 years, Saved by the Bell’s new series was anchored by Tracey Wigfield’s superfan passion and trademark smart humour, all the while enabling new viewers to feel seen. Tributes have been sent to Tracey, Franco Bario, our partners at United Television (UTV), adored actors, and long-time fans who have remained faithful to one of the most renowned television series of all time.”
Observation: Peacock needs better original series
Peacock original series Saved by the Bell isn’t the only one to be cancelled this year. In January, the streaming service stated that Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol was over and that a second season would not be produced. Peacock, on the other hand, has a long way to go before it matches Netflix’s cancellation rate in 2022.
Saved by the Bell’s departure only serves to highlight Peacock’s original programme issue even more clearly. Aside from The Office and Yellowstone, NBC has failed to produce any Peacock-exclusives that have achieved considerable success on the streaming site. At the very least, the second season of Tina Fey’s Girls5Eva has just been released, and it’s already garnering positive reviews.
Peacock is one of the greatest streaming services, despite its dearth of outstanding original programming. This is in large part because to its rich archive of classic material and the fact that it offers a risk-free, introductory free tier, both of which we enjoy.