Dustin Diamond dead

Dustin Diamond, who played the geeky Samuel “Screech” Powers in the beloved 1990s sitcom Saved By the Bell and its subsequent spin-offs and continuations, has died at the age of 44. He was hospitalized last month, and passed away this morning. According to news reports, he had recently completed his first round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Read More »

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • HBO sets early HBO Max premiere for the Euphoria second special
  • Freaks and Geeks is coming to Hulu with its original soundtrack
  • Peacock renews Saved by the Bell for season 2
  • Watch The Lady and the Dale trailer.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

In this edition of TV Bits, here are some of the small screen stories we’ve got:

  • Peanuts holiday specials will air on TV after all
  • The Movie Show is coming to Syfy to send-up YouTube review shows
  • Rapper Lil Yachty did the new Saved by the Bell theme song
  • A director from the original run of Dexter is returning for the revival
  • Kelsey Grammer and Alec Baldwin have a new series together
  • The card game Uno is somehow getting a game show
  • Snoop Dogg and Vince Vaughn have a new animated series called Oaklandia
  • Find out about these stories and much more.

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Saved by the Bell trailer

I rolled my eyes hard when I first heard the news that 1980s/1990s staple Saved by the Bell was coming back with new episodes on Peacock. Did we really need another nostalgia-driven rehash of a show from another generation?

But after watching this new trailer, I’m surprised to find that I’ve warmed considerably to the concept. The reason? The trailer seems to indicate that the meta approach seen in the first teaser is not merely a couple of cute, winky jokes sprinkled throughout the series, but an actual exploration of early Saved by the Bell and its characters as seen from a more modern, inclusive perspective. Watch the new Saved by the Bell trailer below. Read More »

saved by the bell reboot premiere

School is back in session, though Bayside High will be opening a little later than everywhere else. Peacock’s Saved By The Bell reboot, which features original cast members Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez, has set its premiere date for this November only on the NBCUniversal streaming platform. Watch the Saved By The Bell reboot premiere announcement below.

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Saved by the Bell trailer

Saved By the Bell, the 1980s/1990s teen sitcom, is getting the reboot treatment over at Peacock – and the new streaming service seems to be taking a page out of the Brady Bunch Movie playbook and making this a self-aware, meta show that explicitly comments on its previous iteration. Check out the newest trailer below, which features a whole bit about Jessie Spano’s famous “I’m so excited!” caffeine pill fiasco. Read More »

Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell Trailer

Even though new original programming won’t be arrival on the new streaming service Peacock for several months, NBCUniversal isn’t wasting any time teasing what will be in store for subscribers looking for new shows to binge. Today, Peacock released a Punky Brewster teaser and and Saved By the Bell trailer for the revivala of the classic sitcoms from 1980s and 1990s. If we weren’t overloaded with nostalgia already, this will certainly push us closer to the brink. Read More »

Colbert Saved by the Bell

While we’re all sitting around daydreaming about an alternate reality in which the coronavirus doesn’t exist, it may be interesting to mix it up for a second and try to envision a world in which Samuel “Screech” Powers – the scrawny, Lisa Turtle-obsessed goofball on Saved by the Bell – was played by late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert instead of actor Dustin Diamond. Colbert says he auditioned for the role of Screech in the 1980s and was rejected for a pretty humorous reason. Watch him tell the story below. Read More »

Unbelievable trailer

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Robert Rodriguez is bringing two new projects to Tubi (not to be confused with Quibi).
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna developing pop star comedy at Hulu.
  • Netflix signs deal with animation studio Titmouse (don’t laugh).
  • Saved by the Bell reboot rounds out its cast.
  • The Equalizer reboot with Queen Latifah gets pilot order at CBS.
  • Watch a featurette from Better Call Saul season 5.
  • HBO Max orders new comedy pilot produced by Good Place creator Mike Schur.
  • Matthew McConaughey reuniting with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for FX series Redeemer.
  • Toni Collette will lead Netflix series Pieces of Her.
  • Say goodbye to Ray Donovan.

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Pamela Adlon in Better Things

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Watch trailers for Ragnarok and Better Things.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar has joined the cast of the Saved by the Bell revival.
  • Justin Chambers is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.

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