Get ready preppies because Zack Morris is headed back to Bayside!
After original Saved by the Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar previously stated he had not been contacted about the upcoming Saved by the Bell reboot, which is in the works for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service, he recently confirmed he will make an appearance!
Speaking with the press at the Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour on Wednesday, January 8, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Everybody can sleep well at night,” referring to the fact he will be in the reboot in some capacity. He even added that he thinks his former castmate and on-screen love interest Tiffani Thiessen would also be reprising her role of Kelly Kapowski as he told reporters the actress “has been engaged with” about the project.
“It looks like you will have us in some capacity,” he added.
Back in September it was revealed that a reboot of the beloved high school series was in the works and it was also revealed that original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley would be reprising their beloved roles of AC Slater and Jessie Spano, as well as serving as producers on the series.
Fans were confused about Mark-Paul Gosselaar not being included, especially when an early plot description for the reboot seemed to revolve around his iconic character. The upcoming reboot will focus on the story of what happened when California Gov. Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the original Saved By the Bell) receives backlash for closing several low-income high schools and proposed that the affected students be sent to one of the highest-performing schools in the state – which includes Bayside High.
“I read it in the trades just like everybody else this morning,” Gosselaar told Variety on the Mixed-ish premiere red carpet Monday night at the time the reboot was announced.
The actor added that although he would be interested, he believes NBC didn’t reach out because he is now starring in Mixed-ish for ABC which is a direct competitor of NBC. “I’m on ABC, so it doesn’t really fit into that considering Disney Plus, so I understand the business side of things,” he said. “But I had no idea it was that far along.”
The news of Gosselaar’s participation comes shortly after it was announced that actress Josie Totah had been cast as the teen lead for the reboot. Totah will be cast as the gorgeous and witty cheerleader Lexi, who is admired and feared by the school’s students.