Is Saved by the Bell coming back to TV? A possible revival of the hit 1990’s teen series could become the next show to return to the airwaves, according to one of the former stars, Elizabeth Berkley.
According to Us Weekly magazine, Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie Spano on the series recently teased a possible Saved by the Bell revival while attending the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in L.A. over the weekend.
“[It was] a little tease! We’re all busy working on so many good things. We’re actually fortunate that most of our cast consistently works and have been working actors since we were kids. And we stay in touch. We love each other. So, if something else presented itself that was as intelligent as the way Jimmy [Fallon] did it, I’m not saying we wouldn’t consider but we did what felt great for all of us at this moment.”
Elizabeth also reveals that because of the resurgence of old shows returning with new episodes, much like Fuller House, that she gets asked about a possible Saved by the Bell revival quite often.
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“People bring it up to us all the time, especially in light of the recent Full House success, same generation of everything. So, we’ll see. There seems to be a resurgence or an appetite for a little more innocence again in a climate and culture that is not.”
Berkley starred alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, and Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers during her time on Saved by the Bell. However, a full-on revival with all of the cast members may prove to be difficult due to some issues former cast members have had in the past.
Dustin Diamond has suffered major legal battles in the past and most recently served jail time for stabbing a man during a Christmas Day altercation at a bar in Wisconsin. He served three months for the crime. In late 2016, Diamond apologized to his Saved by the Bell cast members on an episode of The Dr. Oz Show for hurtful things that he had written about them in his memoir.
“I will say, guys, I think you’re fantastic, working with you has been just one of the icons of my life and I’m sorry that this has taken advantage of me — the book and other situations I’m sure we’ll talk about here. But I’m sure that you’ve experienced downfalls, as well, in your time and I’m still loving you guys.
“Upsetting to more than just the other cast members — upsetting to me as well,” Diamond said, adding that he had a ghostwriter for the book. “As it turns out, the general public doesn’t realize, I didn’t write the book. I had a ghostwriter.”
Meanwhile, Lark Voorhies, who has been mostly out of the spotlight since her Saved by the Bell days, has also battled her own demons. The actress released a bizarre video last year, and fans began to question whether or not she was using drugs. However, Lark’s mother, Tricia, says her daughter suffers from bipolar disorder. “There are things that have traumatized her. I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life,” Lark’s mother revealed.
Meanwhile, the Saved by the Bell gang are still in contact and even got together for a mini-reunion on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2015, minus Dustin Diamond and Lark Voorhies. The group dressed up as their former characters and performed a comedic skit for the show.
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As for her feelings on Saved by the Bell now, Elizabeth Berkley calls the show a “gift,” and even added girls she works closely with in her Ask Elizabeth program for teen girls are watching the show.
“They are watching [SBTB] now in syndication. I’m coming to their high school as a volunteer to help them and they are seeing me when I was their age. So, there’s a sweet connection there. It’s the gift that keeps on giving that show because now I get to help people and they get to have a connection and see me through my adolescence in a certain way – not my real one.”
What do you think about the possibility of a Saved by the Bell revival? Would you watch the show?
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