Mark-Paul Gosselaar says he wasn't asked to be a part of 'Saved By the Bell' reboot

USA Today Entertainment 1 month ago

"Saved By the Bell" fans may want to pull someone into Mr. Belding's office. 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who portrayed the mischievous, golden-haired Zack Morris, says he was not asked to be a part of the reboot coming to NBC's streaming service Peacock, revealed Tuesday. 

"I read it in the trades just like everybody else this morning," the 45-year-old actor revealed to Variety Monday at the premiere of ABC's show "Mixed-ish." "Honestly, I was never approached. I haven't been approached, and I woke up to the news this morning with a ‘huh’ kind of response.”

Gosselaar said he understood why his phone might not have been ringing. Considering he is under contract with Disney, he would've needed to get permission to do a second show for a rival service, which may not have even been approved.

“I kind of understand it 'cause I’m on ABC, so it kind of doesn’t fit into that considering Disney+," he said, "So, I understand the business side of things, but I had no idea that it was that far along.”

When Gosselaar spoke to USA TODAY in February, the actor said he would be up for a reboot, if he felt the script was good enough. 

"I absolutely would if the material I felt validated doing a reboot," he said. "The last thing I’d want to do is tarnish the product that we’ve created."

Gosselaar pointed to YouTube's Cobra Kai as a successful reboot.

"I think they did a great job," he said. "If we did something like that, I’d be interested, yeah sure."

If Gosselaar doesn't make an appearance, viewers of the series – which premiered in 1989 and lasted for four seasons, plus a single season for the college spinoff – will see familiar faces if they tune in.

The remake will feature original cast members like Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) and Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater).

The official description even mentions Zack, who it turns out, has had a successful bid for office.

"When California governor Zack Morris (Time out Governor Zack Morris?! Time in!) gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality."

USA TODAY has reached out to NBC for comment. 

Peacock launches in April. 

Contributing: Gary Levin

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