Back in mid-June, Lifetime first revealed that a "Saved by the Bell" behind-the-scenes film would be airing on Sept. 1, 2014. It's based on Dustin Diamond's (Screech) book that told of all the things happening on the set when the cameras weren't rolling. On Aug. 8, 2014, Dark Horizons revealed the first footage from "The Unauthorized Save by the Bell Story," and it...it's just interesting.
The footage is kind of being called a trailer while it's really just a two-and-a-half minute scene from the film.
Dustin Diamond's "Behind the Bell" tell-all book is the subject of the Lifetime movie, and it is set to show the issues that took place on the set. Apparently, there was a lot of sex, drugs, drinking, and a even more of the cast not really getting along with one another.
In the clip released, there are a number of noticeable things revealed in a short period of time:
- Screech and Slater have a push-ups competition which ends with the latter being called a "pr*ck."
- Lisa and Kelly appear to truly hate one another in their jealousy over Zack.
- Jessie is the voice of reason and peacemaker.
- Zack comes off as a 40-something who is just tired of the whole thing.
Mind you, this was just during some of their numerous photoshoots. There is bound to be a lot more told throughout the course of the film.
Seeing the actors in full costume now though, it's hard to take them seriously. Zack (Dylan Everett) and Lisa (Taylor Russell McKenzie) are the only two that come really close to looking like those they are portraying.
Julian Works as A.C. Slater/Mario Lopez is just frightening.
The very popular '90s television series has lived on for many years in reruns, and it seems like something that will never die. Other cast members from "Saved by the Bell" have never really talked ill or badly of their time on the show, and they aren't happy with Diamond's take on things.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar recently did an interview with the Huffington Post with his "Franklin & Bash" co-star, Breckin Meyer. Gosselaar did not seem to know much about the Lifetime movie, the book, or anything dealing with Dustin Diamond these days.
Breckin Meyer, on the other hand, had some very strong things to say about Dustin Diamond. Be warned, there's a bit of strong language in the clip.
"The Unauthorized Save by the Bell Story" stars Dylan Everett (Zack), Julian Works (Slater), Sam Kindseth (Screech), Alyssa Lynch (Kelly), Taylor Russell McKenzie (Lisa), and Tiera Skovbye (Jessie). it will debut on Lifetime on Sept. 1, 2014.