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Its Alright, Cause I’m Saved by the…

Come on. We all watched it. I watched it every Saturday morning. I even watched the spin-offs.

This show almost didn’t have  a very long shelf life. The original pilot was called “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” and NBC dropped the project. Disney Channel picked it up but cancelled after 13 episodes. A little known fact is that Jaleel White (Steve Urkle) and Brian Austin Greene (90210) were in the original pilot episode. NBC reconsidered, revamped it and suddenly, we had “Saved by the Bell”.

Did you know? The original title of the show before deciding on Saved by the Bell was “When the Bell Rings”! Doesn’t have the same “ring” does it.

The shows popularity grew and spawned NBC to discontinue airing Saturday morning cartoons and air live-action teenage shows. NBC created TNBC and brought new programs like “Hang Time” and “City Guys” to their roster.

“Saved by the Bell” followed the exploits of teens in high school and their relationship with their principal, Mr. Belding. This teen comedy was meant to be funny and dramatic and showcase teenage life, but with a message. The cast included some then unknowns. Zack Morris was played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. He is the charming schemer who always has “a plan” for everything. He was also a self proclaimed ladies man which got him into trouble with the ladies more than helping him out. AC Slater was played by Mario Lopez and was the token jock of the group of friends. He’s the school’s star athlete and Zack’s best friend. Kelly Kapowski was played by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. She was the cheerleader and “All-American Girl” and dated both Zack and Slater. Screech Powers was played by Dustin Diamond. Screech is the school nerd and has an undying love for Lisa Turtle. Lisa Turtle was played by Lark Voorhies. She was the trendy, talkative fashion expert and the gossip queen of Bayside. Jessie Spano was played by Elizabeth Berkley and was the know-it-all crusader. She is Zack’s childhood friend and next door neighbor. She also dated Zack and Slater.

Where are these “Saved by the Bell Stars” now?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar was seen in a few primetime shows like “NYPD Blue” and HBO’s “Raising the Bar”. Mark’s next appearance is set to be on an episode of “Weeds” in the 2010/2011 season.
Mario Lopez received 2nd place on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2006. He also appeared on Broadway in “A Chorus Line” and is currently the host of “America’s Best Dance Crew” on MTV.
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen has made a few guest star appearances on a few shows but was on ABC’s “What About Brian” before it was cancelled in 2007. Tiffani now appears on “White Collar” on the USA Network.
Dustin Diamond has had a little bit of a rougher road. A few years ago, he was reported to be selling his personal items online to help make his mortgage payments on his home. He was also a member of “Celebrity Fit Club” in its 5th season.
Lark Voorhies was seen in the movie “How High” playing a Harvard student. She has also been rumored to play Whitney Houston in an upcoming biopic.
Elizabeth Berkly made a big splash starring in the movie “Showgirls” in 1995. She has made various appearances on “CSI”, “Without a Trace” and “Law and Order” (just to name a few). She is also the host of Bravo’s “Step It Up and Dance”.

Did you watch “Saved by the Bell”? How about the spin-offs?


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