"Saved by the Bell" Sequel Series Enrolls Academy Award-Winner Matthew A. Cherry ("Hair Love") to Direct

The Saved by the Bell sequel series is in the middle of shooting its first season for the NBC Universal streamer Peacock – and it's bringing in Academy Award-winner Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love) to direct an episode. Cherry made the announcement via social media, including an image of his custom title card.

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A former NFL player, Cherry found a knack for directing with his first short This Time (2010). He followed the short with the indie film The Last Fall (2012). Cherry gained invaluable experience directing for television in the series Almost Home and Almost 30. He had a busy 2019 working on numerous TV shows from action, drama, and comedy with Whiskey Cavalier, The Last O.G., Black-ish , The Red Line, The Unicorn, and Mixed-ish.

It's probably no coincidence that Mixed-ish star Mark-Paul Gosselaar played a factor in getting Cherry to direct an episode of the Peacock series. Gosselaar, the original star of Saved by the Bell, returns in a limited capacity for three episodes due to his commitment to the ABC series.

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"Saved by the Bell" Synopsis & Production Details

Gosselaar plays Zack Morris who went from resident troublemaker at Bayside High to the governor of California. The Saved by the Bell sequel focuses on his best friends AC Slater (Mario Lopez) and Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley). Morris closes underperforming schools in California placing students to the better achieving like Bayside. Slater, Jessie, and Zack have children enrolled at Bayside, who have to deal with a new set of challenges and social hierarchy. The series also stars Tiffani Thiessen, Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Haskiri Velazquez, and John Michael Higgins.

Tracey Wigfield, Trent O'Donnell, Franco Bario, Peter Engel, and Gosselaar serve as executive producers. Josie Totah, Lopez, and Berkley serve as producers on the Sam Bobrick-created series.

The Saved by the Bell sequel premieres in September on Peacock.

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Tom ChangAbout Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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