Lifetime Gets Postmodern With ‘Saved By the Bell’ Movie
Saved By the Bell is being revived as a postmodern Lifetime made-for-television movie.
The show, called The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell, will depict gossipy anecdotes of the popular ’90s show’s behind-the-scenes happenings. The actors won’t be playing the characters from the original show–well, sort of; they’ll be playing the actors and actresses who played the characters.
According to Buzzfeed, “In 2009, Dustin Diamond wrote Behind the Bell, a scandalous tell-all that revealed what life was reportedly like on the set of Saved by the Bell, NBC’s still beloved series that ran from 1989–1993 and turned its cast of fresh-faced actors into megastars.”
Though Lifetime is know for its romantic mid-afternoon soap opera movies, aimed at the stereotypical stay-at-home mom (does she even exist anymore, outside of, you know, a Lifetime movie?), this Saved By the Bell movie promises to be, at the very least, really entertaining, and very, very scandalous.
The original Saved By the Bell aired from 1989 to 1993 as a re-imagining of an ill-fated Disney Channel show. With vivid (for the time) depictions of high school hierarchies, drug use, sex, and body issues, the show was an epochal moment for many ’90s kids. It mingled dorks, jocks, girls who were comfortable with their sexuality and girls who weren’t, and so many acid-washed jeans; whether it captured the zeitgeist of the ’90s is debatable, but the show was unquestionably a smash hit.
The cast was chosen by the original Saved by the Bell casting director, Robin Lippin. The original show’s cast included Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mario Lopez (pre-abs). No word yet who will be playing Mr. Belding–wouldn’t it be fun it he played himself? The show did have a postmodern streak running through it in the form of Gosselaar’s “Time out!” moments, in which he froze the cast around him and explained to the viewers what his newest scheme was.
The show will air at 9 p.m. September 1.