A Bayside High with no Zack Morrison the sage words of Principal Belding: Hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?
‘Saved by the Bell’ alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who starred as Morris, the preppy ringleader in the beloved NBC sitcom, says he was never approached to reprise his role in the revival for NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock. Instead, the upcoming sequel will feature his costars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley back in the hallowed halls of the affluent California high school.
In fact, Gosselaar told Variety that he read the news of Peacock’s plans for the revival in Hollywood trade publications this week much like everybody else.
“Honestly, I was never approached. I woke up to the news this morning with a kind of ‘huh?’ response, the ‘Franklin & Bash’ star said.
Gosselaar, 45, said he would definitely consider playing his career-making character again and has “always been interested,” but doesn’t understand why NBC’s Peacock didn’t reach out to him. The oversight is notable because the logline for the sequel, penned by ‘30 Rock’s’ Tracey Wigfield, hinges on the effects of his grown-up character’s actions. (Zack is California’s controversial new governor, and one of his education policies sets up the premise for the new series.)
According to TMZ, the production is trying to secure Gosselaar for the series, which will feature Lopez and Berkley as grown-up versions of their characters. Lopez, who played the sensitive jock AC Slater on the’90s hit, reportedly will play a coach on the revival, and Berkley, who played overachiever Jessie Spano, reportedly will play a guidance counselor.
TMZ said the fledgling series’ shooting schedule likely would overlap with that of ABC’s ‘black-ish’ spinoff, and that’s likely why NBC knew it couldn’t score the already-busy Gosselaar for the ‘Saved by the Bell’ sequel. Before plans for the reboot came to fruition, Gosselaar was starring on Fox’s short-lived drama ‘The Passage’ too. (That sci-fi series was canceled in May after one season.)
Gosselaar told TMZ that he, Tiffani Thiessen (his on-screen sweetheart) and the rest of the cast, which includes Dustin Diamond and Lark Voorhies, still have not been approached for the revival.