Hard-core Saved by the Bell fans have been waiting 20 years for this.
Lifetime has released the first glimpse from The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, but so far, there’s nothing scandalous – the trailer depicts a normal group of teenagers dealing with hormones.
The clip shows the Elizabeth Berkley character (who played Jessie Spano) trying to de-escalate the competition between Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) and Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) for the attention of Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris), while Dustin Diamond (Screech Powers) tries to keep up with the physical prowess of Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater). And all the while, the six teens ignore adult direction – pretty much your average high school dynamic.
Diamond’s 2009 book, Behind the Bell told of less-PG activities, like drug use and sex, but Lifetime claims their story is unrelated to the tell-all, and is instead based on new interviews with those associated with the show.
Gosselaar, however, recently told Huff Post Live that he was not a part of the process.
“We’re not involved,” he said, also remarking that his (few) memories of those years on the show are good ones.
“My experience of the show was very positive,” Gosselaar said. “When people say, ‘Oh, you don’t like talking about it.’ No, I don’t mind talking about it, I just don’t really remember that time, and everything I do remember was extremely positive. I still have friendships from it.”
What do you think of the Unauthorized version so far?