June 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm #320125
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 1:34pm PDT
The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story looks at what happened behind the scenes of the ’90s TV show, focusing on the six then-unknown actors who were launched into the Hollywood spotlight. Filming is underway in Vancouver on the Lifetime movie set to premiere at 9 PM Monday, September 1. According to Lifetime, Unauthorized Saved By The Bell exposes the actors’ challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky-clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen.
The original series’ casting director, Robin Lippin (Lizzie McGuire), also cast the Lifetime movie. Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) stars as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sam Kindseth (Shameless) as Dustin Diamond, Julian Works (Paranormal Activity, Modern Family) as Mario Lopez, Alyssa Lynch (The High Jumping Witch) as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye (Supernatural, Girl In Progress) as Elizabeth Berkley and Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) as Lark Voorhies. Front Street Pictures and Ringaling Prods are producing. Harvey Kahn (Flowers In The Attic) and Stephen Bulka (Dear Mom, Love Cher) exec produce. Jason Lepeyre (Restless Virgins) directs from a script by Ron McGee (The Nine Lives Of Chloe King).June 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm #320127
Saved By the Bell Unauthorized Lifetime Movie to Tell the Cast’s Scandalous Behind-the-Scenes Story
The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story cast prepares for the Lifetime movie. Credit: Sergei Backlakov
So excited and you just can’t hide it? From the late ’80s to the early ’90s, Saved By the Bell entertained kids and teens across the world, but now it’s time to tell the “true story” behind the ever-positive smash hit.
According to Buzzfeed, Lifetime has greenly and cast a new television movie, The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, which is loosely based off of Dustin Diamond‘s 2009 tell-all book Behind the Bell.
In his book, the actor who played the spastic nerd Samuel “Screech” Powers claimed everyone in the cast (except him) was sleeping together and most were doing drugs.
The film’s creators conducted interviews separate from Diamond’s book and now plan to air the real story behind the cast of one of TV’s biggest sitcoms.
The new Lifetime movie will cover the behind-the-scenes story of the original Saved By the Bell cast.
Credit: NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
To play the real-life counterparts to Zack Morris and co., Lifetime enlisted the help of the original Saved By the Bell casting director Robin Lippin.
She cast Degrassi star Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris), Shameless‘ Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones actor Julian Works as Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater), newcomer Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Supernatural‘s Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano), and Blink‘s Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle).
Tell Us: Will you watch this new TV movie?June 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm #320128
This…….interesting idea. I’ll skip it though.June 20, 2014 at 12:34 am #320129
I still want to marry Zack Morris.June 20, 2014 at 8:07 am #320130
I am irrationally excited for this. I would probably have paid to see it in the theater even.June 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm #320131
Wait, it’s a TV movie? I thought I was finally gonna predict the Razzie winners correctly and be highlighted as the GoldDerby prediction guru. Ah well, still relegated to the top 200!June 21, 2014 at 2:17 am #320132
That’s silly and is 100% going to be awful.
If anything, it just makes me think of when Mark-Paul Gosselaar was on Late Night w/Fallon and he did the entire interview as Zack Morris. That was good TV and super funny.June 21, 2014 at 11:47 am #320133
If anything, it just makes me think of when Mark-Paul Gosselaar was on Late Night w/Fallon and he did the entire interview as Zack Morris. That was good TV and super funny.
Is that on youtube? I just searched for it and couldn’t find anything.June 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm #320134
I hope this wins 100 Emmys. Sounds incredible.August 31, 2014 at 11:52 pm #320136
bump for its Labor Day premiere . . .September 1, 2014 at 11:41 am #320137
Gonna be awful…. still gotta watch.September 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #320138
I’m expecting a train wreck with ‘Sharknado’-like levelsSeptember 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm #320139
I like how not one single cast member looks even remotely similar to who they’re playing. Oh, Lifetime… I can’t wait to watch this as it will be absolute garbage, but hopefully the fun kind.