It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a “behind-the-scenes” biopic of a TV show. Well, Lifetime has announced that they’re making one for Saved by the Bell, the Saturday morning sitcom that aired on NBC in the 1990s.
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story will premiere on Monday, September 1st, at 9pm.
Here are the details:
LIFETIME GOES BEHIND THE SCENES OF ONE OF TV’S MOST POPULAR SATURDAY MORNING SERIES IN NEW MOVIE “THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY” PREMIERING LABOR DAY
Film Recounts the Hollywood Story of the Superstar Talent That Originated the Roles of America’s Favorite Teens Zack Morris, Screech, A.C. Slater, Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Turtle & Jessie Sapano
Los Angeles, CA (June 19, 2014) – Lifetime takes a nostalgic look back at the ’90s TV show that changed the landscape of Saturday mornings with America’s favorite teens. The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story delves 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. The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story is filming in Vancouver and the movie will premiere Labor Day, Monday September 1, at 9 pm PT/ET.
With casting by the original series’ casting director, Robin Lippin (Lizzie McGuire), Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) is set to play Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the role of mischievous ringleader “Zack Morris.” Sam Kindseth (Shameless) is Dustin Diamond, everyone’s favorite geek and loveable sidekick “Screech.” Julian Works (Paranormal Activity, Modern Family) fills the shoes of superstar Mario Lopez as the hunky jock “A.C. Slater.” Alyssa Lynch (The High Jumping Witch) plays the role of America’s favorite sweetheart, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who originated the part of Kelly Kapowski. Tiera Skovbye (Supernatural, Girl in Progress) takes on the role of talented beauty Elizabeth Berkley and her beloved character “Jessie Sapano.” Rounding out the cast is Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) who will portray Lark Voorhies and her on-screen persona, the privileged “Lisa Turtle.”
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story is produced by Front Street Pictures and Ringaling Productions Ltd. for broadcast on Lifetime. The movie is executive produced by Harvey Kahn (Flowers in the Attic) and Stephen Bulka (Dear Mom, Love Cher). The film is directed by Jason Lepeyre (Restless Virgins) and the teleplay is written by Ron McGee (The Nine Lives of Chole King).
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What do you think? Are you a fan of the series? Do you plan on watching the movie?