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Mark-Paul Gosselaar to Star in NBC's 'People Are Talking' (Exclusive)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is returning to NBC.
The Franklin & Bash star — and Saved by the Bell alum — has booked the leading role in NBC's comedy pilot People Are Talking, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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From Growing Up Fisher's DJ Nash, the multicamera comedy will examine sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about.
Gosselaar will star as Mitch, a neurotic guy who tends to overthink things, which is completely offset by his optimism, humor and likability.? Mitch is a college ethics professor, which may explain why he? goes through life with a heightened attention to justice. Mitch knows he can't change the world, but he's determined to alter his corner of it.
The role marks Gosselaar's return to NBC, where he starred on Saved by the Bell. His latest TV gig follows TNT's legal dramedy Franklin & Bash, which ended its four-season run last year. He's repped by CAA and Luber Roklin.
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Gosselaar joins a cast that includes Bad Judge's Tone Bell, who plays Mitch's best friend and neighbor. Bresha Webb and Brooke Ishibashi co-star.
Nash will pen the script for the multicamera comedy and executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Will Packer Productions' Will Packer and Korin Huggins.