Zack Morris’s freeze frame is back. The “Saved by the Bell” character will incorporate his trademark time-out freeze into the upcoming “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell” TV movie, but this time it comes with an even more confusing twist. Because it comes in real time.
On Saturday, TV Guide posted the first five minutes of the upcoming TV expose, which is partially based on Dustin Diamond’s’ 2009 memoir, Behind the Bell. In the clip, Zack does his famous “time-out” freeze – breaking the fourth wall -- when he’s reminiscing about his time on the show. Except he’s speaking as Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Zach/Mark-Paul is played by “Degrassi” alum Dylan Everett. Confused yet?
The clip also shows the cast of the show getting a teen idol worthy reception as they pull up in a limo for a fan appearance (you can see it in its entirety here), but is that how things really were for these ‘90s teen stars?
Diamond's book didn’t exactly paint his real life experience on the show in a positive light (he played nerdy character Screech on the show), but Gosselaar told HuffPost Live, “My experience on the show was very positive."
The actor also made it clear that none of the members of memorable iconic cast – himself included – were “involved in any way" with the movie. Lifetime previously announced that the movie was based on multiple hours of interviews with people connected to the show.
In addition to Everett, “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” stars “Degrassi” alum Sam Kindseth as Diamond, Julian Works as Mario Lopez, Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley, and Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lark Voorhies.
“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” premieres Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.