Saved by the Bell creator Peter Engel is giving viewers that remember the hit ’90s TV show mixed vibes after a recent interview about some of the TV character’s fates, according to multiple media outlets.
While the fates of some Saved by the Bell characters were joyously fitting, not all of Peter Engel’s visions for the characters led to happily ever afters, according to the article by TVLine. In fact, Saved by the Bell‘s two biggest stars — Mark Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris and Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s Kelly Kapowski — would have likely not stayed together, according to the former executive producer of the show.
Saved by the Bell ended its run in 1994 with a wedding for high-school sweethearts Zack and Kelly after their first year in college during the show’s finale. Despite the couple’s nuptials, Peter Engel thought that the marriage wouldn’t last. “Well, they’d be married — but not to each other,” the executive producer told TVLine.
Peter Engel had even more predictions on the fate of the beloved Saved by the Bell characters. In fact, the executive producer even thought one of the TV show’s characters would have been in the news quite a bit over the past year for the presidential election.
“Zack would probably be the host of a game show or talk show, or he’d be managing a hedge fund; Slater would be a high school football coach; Screech would be Bill Gates; Jessie would have just lost to Donald Trump; Lisa would probably be Vera Wang or a buyer at Neiman Marcus, and Kelly would be married with children and have a cooking show on the Food Network, which [Tiffani Amber Thiessen] has — and I watch!”
The interview with Saved by the Bell’s executive producer was spurred by the newly-released memoir Peter Engel penned called I Was Saved by the Bell: Stories of Life, Love, and Dreams That Do Come True. The memoir contained numerous stories behind the scenes of one of the 1990’s most-beloved shows, Yahoo! Celebrity News reported.
Peter Engel described one of his favorite Saved by the Bell episodes in the memoir. The episode “Jessie’s Song” was a controversial one as Elizabeth Berkley (who played Jessie Spano) became addicted to caffeine pills. While Peter Engel fought with NBC to make the drug a powerful illegal substance, the censors would not allow Saved by the Bell to air such a dramatic storyline. Despite that issue, Peter Engel still fondly recalls what that episode meant to his audience.
“Even though we can laugh now about how silly the caffeine pills were, there’s a reason that so many young adults make a point of telling me that ‘Jessie’s Song’ was, hands down, their favorite episode. No one was making programming for kids like that at the time. It made an impact. It helped them grow up. And I’m still, to this day, proud to have my name on that episode.”
Actors and actresses from Saved by the Bell have had several reunions over the past few years. One of the most recent reunions came on Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s cooking show as she and Mark Paul Gosselaar joined together for the season finale, the Inquisitr previously reported.
Another Saved by the Bell reunion took place in February 2015 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The host of the show recreated the iconic hallways from Bayside High. In the skit, five of the original cast members — including Dennis Haskins as Principal Richard Belding — returned to the delight of fans across the country.
Saved by the Bell was originally aired from 1989 -1992 for four seasons. After the group from Bayside graduated high school, most of the members from the show went on to star in the one-season spinoff Saved by the Bell: The College Years. NBC had much more success as it relaunched the brand in 1993 with a show called Saved by the Bell: The New Class. That spinoff lasted for more than seven seasons, ending its run shortly before January 2000.
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