A "Saved by the Bell" Lifetime movie, which will give viewers a look at all the behind-the-scenes drama that surrounded the '90s teen series, will premiere in the fall, the network announced this week.
Variety reported that the movie, directed by Jason Lepeyre
of the 2013 television movie "Restless Virgins," is set to appear on Lifetime Sept. 1.
"The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" was built around interviews separate from the scathing book written by the show's former star, Dustin Diamond, in 2009, according to BuzzFeed. Diamond, who played the awkward nerd Samuel "Screech" Powers in the series that ran from 1989 to 1993, charged that the cast was having sex with each other — save for him — while some used drugs.
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Us Weekly wrote that Sam Kindseth
was picked to play Diamond/Screech in the movie while Dylan Everett will star as Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his character Zack Morris. Julian Works has been cast as A.C. Slater, played by Mario Lopez in the original show.
Alyssa Lynch will play Kelly Kapowski/Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye will portray Jessie Spano/Elizabeth Berkley, and Taylor Russell McKenzie will take the role of Lisa Turtle/Lark Voorhies, according to Us Weekly.
Variety said the casting director for the original show, Robin Lippin, was put in charge of finding the new actors to portray the initial cast members. Front Street Pictures and Rinaling Production are producing the movie for Lifetime.
Variety wrote that "Saved by the Bell" grew out of the Disney Channel's teen series, "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," which starred Hayley Mills alongside Gosselaar, Voorhies, and Diamond in the characters they made famous in the following "Saved by the Bell" series.
"Saved by the Bell" was followed by two sequels: "Saved by the Bell: The College Years," which lasted one season in 1993-94, and "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," which starred Diamond as an assistant to the principal, from 1993 to 2000.
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