‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot? Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez Say There’s One Big Problem
Saved by The Bell was an incredibly popular television series during the 1990s. The first episode aired in 1989, and the world was introduced to a group of six teenage friends who are just trying to navigate their way through adolescence at Bayside High School in Palisades, California.
One of the biggest draws to the show was the wholesomeness and realness of the struggles the teens faced. It also featured a diverse class, made of not only different genders and races, but also very different personalities. From goof balls and art kids to rebellious cool kids and cheerleaders, the six friends literally brought something to the table that everyone could relate to.
When the show ended in 1992, fans everywhere were devastated. It was only natural that the show ended, however, because the cast grew up and graduated the high school that was a fundamental piece of the show’s plot. But with so many reboots happening recently – like Fuller House and The Connors – why not a Saved by The Bell reboot? Mark-Paul Gosselaar (who played Zak Morris) and Mario Lopez (who played A.C. Slater) say there is just one big problem standing in their way.
What’s the problem with a ‘Saved by The Bell’ reboot?
While many of those wishing for a reboot probably haven’t thought about it, the one big problem standing in the way is pretty obvious. Saved by The Bell focused around the six kids while in high school. The vast majority of scenes take place in the classrooms or hallway, and it was a rare treat to see any of them outside the school… because that was the point.
The cast is now thirty years older than when they first began filming the television series, however, so they obviously couldn’t return to high school.
This is the point that Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez recently made during an interview session together. It just wouldn’t work the way The Connors or Fuller House did. Those shows focused around the home life of their characters, so it’d be natural to progress forward in generations.
Talk about a second generation
Although a normal reboot would be out of the question, an expansion reboot would not. Recently, Girl Meets World progressed to a second generation where the original characters of Boy Meets World, Cory and Topanga, are the parents. Their daughter together (yes! They married!) is the main character of the series. This is the idea which has been batted around for Saved by The Bell.
The idea is that the original characters would be the parents, and it’s their children’s turn to enter high school. The new show would follow this second generation from freshman year to graduation, just like the original show did. What is especially cool about this idea is not only that adults who grew up in this era would get to revisit old characters, but it would be a good comparison for today’s parents and their own children.
Most people are on board… but not everyone
Gosselaar and Lopez have remained close throughout the years since Saved by The Bell ended, and the two have confirmed they are open to the idea of a reunion or reboot series if they can fit it into their busy schedules. Tiffani Thiessen, however, who played Kelly, states that a reboot will never happen – that the original cast members are just too busy.
Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie, says that she “would consider it if it was done right, for sure. But we’d all have to be, we need the stamp of everyone’s heartbeat because that’s what made that show.”
So will a reboot ever happen?
There have recently been a lot more rumblings of a Saved by the Bell reboot, with some even going so far as to state it’s definitely going to happen. There has not been an official confirmation, however, so fans will just have to wait and see what happens in the next few months.