Executive produced by Tracey Wigfield ("Great News," "30 Rock") says she loved the original as a fifth-grader and that the new show will both make fun of the original while also embracing it.
"Our show is set at Bayside [High School] in 2020," Wigfield said today during the TV critics summer 2020 virtual press tour. "But the fun things of our show is Bayside is sort of in this bubble that is like the Bayside you saw in the original ... There was a lot of fun for me tin getting to revisit this show I loved so much growing up."
Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren reprise their roles from the original while Mark-Paul Gosselaar will guest star in a few episodes.
Wigfield says the show means a lot to the people who grew up with it, which they kept in mind while writing the new series.
"We want to poke fun at it in a way you only can if you deeply love something," she said. "But we don't want to be, like, 'Look how stupid it was.' That wasn't out intention."
Eight out of 10 episodes were filmed before the pandemic-forced production shutdown. Some actors are returning to production this week. No air date has been announced but barring any additional shutdowns, it seems likely the show will stream sometime this fall on Peacock.