“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” to premiere Sept. 1, will look at the inside story of the beloved series, which aired on NBC on Saturday mornings from 1989 to 1993.
Stories that leapt from big to small screen (and vice versa).
“Saved by the Bell” followed the adventures of Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a popular student at Bayside High School in California, and his clique of friends, which included love interest Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiesen), fashion-obsessed Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), geeky best friend Samuel “Screech” Powers (Dustin Diamond), brainy good girl Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) and lady-killer athlete A.C. Slater (Mario)
The perpetually scheming Zack frequently clashed with Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins), Bayside’s clueless principal. A short-lived version of the series began on the Disney Channel with the title “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” and starring Hayley Mills before it was retooled for NBC.
The Lifetime movie will delve “into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen,” according to the network.