They were a hit and didn’t know it.
That’s one of the things we’ll learn from Lifetime’s upcoming television movie, “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” in the first five minutes, which the cable channel bravely posted on its official Facebook page on Friday.
In the preview, the stars are riding to a fan event and worrying about whether anyone will even show up. Deflated from a previous cancellation by Disney Channel when the show revolved around the teachers and was called “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” the gang doesn’t want to face another failure. The show was retooled to focus on the kids and moved to NBC Saturday mornings.
From a script written by Ron McGee (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), the movie shows what was probably really going down off-screen as our favorite Bayside crew tackled “Saved by the Bell’s” weekly caper on-screen.
Robin Lippin, the same casting director from the original series, also oversaw casting on the movie.
In the end, Lippin chose Dylan Everett to play Mark-Paul Gosselaar/ “Zack Morris,” Sam Kindseth (“Shameless”) as Dustin Diamond/ “Screech,” Julian Works (“Paranormal Activity”) as Mario Lopez/ “A.C. Slater,” Alyssa Lynch (“The High Jumping Witch”) as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen/ “Kelly Kapowski,” Tiera Skovbye (“Supernatural”) as Elizabeth Berkley/ “Jessie Spano,” and Taylor Russell McKenzie (“Blink”) as Lark Voorhies/ “Lisa Turtle.”
Produced by Front Street Pictures and Ringaling Productions Ltd., the movie is executive produced by Harvey Kahn (“Flowers in the Attic”) and Stephen Bulka (“Dear Mom, Love Cher“). Jason Lepeyre (“Restless Virgins”) directed the movie.
Watch the first five minutes of the movie below:
“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” premieres on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1, at 9/8c.