Weirdly enough, NBCU decided to rebootSaved by the Bell and forgot to tell Tiffani Thiessen, who starred in the original series as Kelly Kapowski. According to Thiessen, neither she nor her former costar Mark-Paul Gosselaar got the 411 that the hit ’90s sitcom was coming back, and this is really sad news.
Um, can someone sayawkward?
In September, we reported that Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, who played Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater in the original sitcom, both signed on to star in and produce the Saved by the Bell revival coming to NBCU’s new streaming platform, Peacock. According to NBCU, the spinoff series is set in a version of modern-day California where Gosselaar’s conniving-yet-charming Zack Morris is governor.
With that idea being one of the big plot points in the new series, was it so wrong of us to believe that Gosselaar would at least make a few cameos, if not star in, the reboot? Apparently so.
Tiffani Thiessen said she and Mark-Paul Gosselaar had no idea the Saved By The Bell reboot was happening. https://t.co/zPIeoyihsB— Us Weekly (@usweekly) October 3, 2019
When asked if she would sign on if asked to be a part of the revival, Thiessen answered bluntly, no: “Mark-Paul and I both have different shows.” Thiessen is currently starring in Netflixs Alexa & Katie, and Gosselaar in ABCsMixed-ish.
We’re not sure what Bayside is going to look like without Kelly Kapowski or Zack Morris, and to be honest, we’re not sure we want to find out.
But hey, we’re trying to stay positive. With Lopez and Berkley at the helm, we have good reason to keep the faith that the Saved by the Bellreboot will be just as fun as the original.