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'Saved by the Bell' behind-the-scenes movie to air on Lifetime

Mario Lopez, who became a household name after his role in "Saved by the Bell," will be portrayed by Julian Works (not pictured) in Lifetime's TV movie "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story," airing on September 1.
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Prepare to feel nostalgic and revisit Bayside High on Labor Day. Lifetime will air “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” based on the popular ‘90s sitcom, on September 1.

According to Buzzfeed, the television movie will reveal what actually occurred behind the scenes based on new interviews. The sitcom’s casting director Robin Lippin has brought in a fresh team of actors to portray the originals who brought the beloved characters to life.

Dylan Everett (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) will play Mark Paul Gosselaar. The latter actor’s character in “Saved by the Bell” was the popular and good looking Zack Morris.

Along with Zack was Bayside High’s hottest girl Kelly Kapowski, who was portrayed by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Newcomer Alyssa Lynch will star as the Long Beach native in the TV movie.

Mario Lopez became a household name after portraying jock A.C. Slater. The “Extra” co-host will be played by Julian Works (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”).

Tiera Skovbye (“Supernatural”) will star as Elizabeth Berkley, who played the studious Jesse Spano in the sitcom.

The other main female character, fashion focused Lisa Turtle, was made famous by Lark Voorhies. Now the actress will be portrayed by Taylor Russell McKenzie (“Blink”).

Finally, Dustin Diamond -- who brought the famous nerd Screech to the small screen -- will be played by Sam Kindseth (“Shameless”) in the Lifetime movie. Diamond’s book “Behind the Bell,” published in 2009, detailed behind-the-scenes events, all of which are independent of the “Unauthorized” movie.

The original cast of “Saved by the Bell,” which aired on NBC from 1989-1993, reunited for the first time in 2009, during a People photo shoot. Gosselaar said at the time that he and his costars were “still very close” and predicted that the bonds won’t fade.

Lifetime also announced it will air biopics for the late Whitney Houston and Aaliyah, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Angela Bassett will direct the former movie, slated for 2015, and Zendaya Coleman will portray the late Aaliyah.

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