Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best known for his portrayal of Zack Morris, will finally watch Saved by the Bell for the first time. One of the most influential young adult sitcoms of the ‘90s, Saved by the Bell ran for four successful seasons on NBC. It also spawned two spin-offs, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, as well as a pair of made-for-television movies. Created by Sam Bobrick, Saved by the Bell follows a group of high school friends and their principal, Mr. Belding. Helmed by the incorrigible Zack Morris (Gosselaar), the group of teens at Bayside High School navigate light-hearted comedic situations while teaching life lessons.
Earlier this year, the streaming service Peacock announced it was giving Saved by the Bell a sequel series, with Gosselaar slated to reprise his role of Zack Morris. In the revival of Saved by the Bell, California’s governor Zack Morris is slammed with criticism for closing several low-income high schools. He implements a program that sends the affected students to high-performing schools, including Bayside High. Saved by the Bell will center on a new batch of teens, including the son of Zack and Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), and the return of A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez). Now, Gosselaar has revealed it is time for him to revisit the halls of Bayside High.
According to People, Gosselaar will watch Saved by the Bell episodes for the first time for a new podcast called Zack to the Future. Produced by Cadence13, Zack to the Future will chronicle Gosselaar’s first time watching the series. Featuring Gosselaar and his co-host, Dashiell Driscoll, the podcast will offer commentary and insight for Saved by the Bell fans. Gosselaar expressed his excitement over viewing the show three decades later and stated:
For years I have been asked by the dedicated fans of Saved by the Bell to revisit the show. I couldn’t wrap my head around an idea that would keep the audience entertained and celebrate the beloved series we created over 30 years ago, mostly because I can’t remember a thing about making it, and I am thrilled to say I have found the answer. I haven’t watched a single episode in its entirety since I walked off the sets in 1993. It’s time to wheel that big television into class. Go Bayside!
Indeed, Saved by the Bell continues to gear up for the highly-anticipated revival, making Gosselaar’s announcement timely. As of this writing, NBCUniversal has yet to set a release date for the series which will feature a new influx of students. Two iconic characters of the original show not slated to return are Lisa (Lark Voorhies) and Screech (Dustin Diamond), who have expressed regret about their exclusion from the revival.
After leaving his role of Zack Morris behind, Gosselaar found success on the small screen with notable roles in Commander in Chief, NYPD Blue, and Mixed-ish. Given the fact that Gosselaar was a teenager when he landed the role of Zack Morris, it makes sense the actor would want to transition into adulthood while shedding the skin of the character that made him famous. Zack to the Future will be the perfect way for Gosselaar to reflect on his time at Bayside High by finally watching full episodes of Saved by the Bell.
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