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Peacock's 'Saved by the Bell' Sequel Finds Its Lead in Josie Totah (Exclusive). The 'Champions' breakout, who came out as transgender in 2018, has joined the cast of the comedy featuring original stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley. The Saved by the Bell TV sequel has cast its lead. Champions breakout Josie Totah will star in the half-hour comedy from Great News creator Tracey Wigfield. The series is expected to launch this year on NBCUniversal's forthcoming streamer Peacock. Totah will also be credited as a producer on the show. Original stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley will reprise their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively, in the single-camera comedy that explores what happens when California Gov. Zack Morris (Mark Gosselaar's role) gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools and proposes the affected students be sent to the highest-performing schools in the state -- including Bayside High. Totah will star as Lexi, a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students. The role brings Totah back into the NBCUniversal fold after she starred in NBC and Universal TV's short-lived Mindy Kaling-produced comedy Champions. Totah, who came out as transgender in a moving Time essay in August 2018, is fresh off a recurring role on Netflix's No Good Nick. Her credits includeSpider-Man: Homecoming and Amazon's Lee Daniels-produced pilot Good People. She is repped by WME and Rise Management. The new Saved by the Bell was picked up straight to series in September. The comedy hails from writer Wigfield and is produced by Universal Television, where the 30 Rock grad and Great News creator recently renewed her overall deal. Wigfield will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside original series creator Peter Engel and Franco Bario (Great News). Lopez and Berkley will also produce. NBC's streaming service, Peacock, is set to launch in April with originals joining the lineup in summer 2020. Saved by the Bell is part of an ambitious slate that includes a Battlestar Galactica reboot from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, among several other projects. Details about Peacock will be unveiled Jan. 16 during an NBCUniversal investor presentation. (Hollywood Reporter)
TV Ratings: Golden Globes With Ricky Gervais Off Slightly, Hit 8-Year Viewer Low. The awards manage to retain nearly all of last year's audience but fall half a point among adults 18-49. The Golden Globe Awards came down a bit vs. last year's broadcast, but the show still put up healthy numbers compared to the rest of network TV this season. The Ricky Gervais-hosted awards averaged 18.33 million viewers, a scant 2 percent drop from the 2019 show's 18.61 million. The Globes fell a little bit more sharply in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49, dropping half a point to a 4.7 rating. That's a 10 percent decline year to year. The time zone-adjusted ratings show the Globes made up some ground from the preliminary numbers, which were off 6 percent in viewers (14.76 million) and 16 percent in adults 18-49 (3.8) vs. comparable figures in 2019. Fast national ratings are not very reliable for live broadcasts, and Sunday's numbers did indeed adjust up by a good amount -- more, in fact, than they did last year. Even with the fairly steady numbers, however, the Globes slipped to an eight-year low in viewers: The 2012 show (also hosted by Gervais) drew 16.85 million. The demo rating is the smallest for the awards since the Writers Guild strike year of 2008, when the Globes became a star-free press conference announcing the winners. Sunday's show also didn't have quite as direct a lead-in from NBC's NFL playoff game. The wild-card matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles ended at 7:39 p.m. ET, meaning there were 21 minutes of audience-sapping postgame coverage, while last year's game ended just six minutes before the Globes began. Still, NBC's telecast is the most-watched entertainment show on TV since the finale of The Big Bang Theory in May. Opposite the Globes, Fox's Family Guy and ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos recorded the night's best 18-49 ratings at 0.7. Shark Tank, 60 Minutes and The Simpsons each recorded 0.6s. ABC's Kids Say the Darndest Things and CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles came in at 0.5, and CBS' God Friended Me suffered season lows of 0.4 in adults 18-49 and 5.37 million viewers. Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globes, is a division of Valence Media, which also owns The Hollywood Reporter. (Hollywood Reporter)