12:21pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Unauthorized Saved by the Bell' TV Movie Heads to Lifetime
What really happened behind the scenes of Saved by the Bell?
Lifetime has set The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, centered on the off-camera experiences of the six young stars of the 1990s comedy, for a Labor Day premiere.
Premiering Monday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story promises to expose the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain a squeaky clean image of their characters on- and offscreen.
Cast by Saved by the Bell's original casting director Robin Lippin, the television movie stars Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sam Kindseth (Shameless) as Dustin Diamond, Julian Works (Paranormal Activity) as Mario Lopez, Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye (Supernatural) as Elizabeth Berkley and Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) as Lark Voorhies.
Front Street Pictures and Ringaling Productions are producing the TV movie, which is executive produced by Harvey Kahn (Flowers in the Attic) and Stephen Bulka (Dear Mom, Love Cher). Jason Pepeyre directs from a teleplay penned by Ron McGee (The Nine Lives of Chloe King).
Saved by the Bell, a teen sitcom that ran from 1989-93 on NBC. It spawned a followup series, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, as well as two TV movies, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas.