When we woke up this morning, we were expecting it to be a good day because duh. It’s Friday.
But we weren’t expecting to be inundated with Zack Morris and Saved by the Bell news. Clearly, this Friday in particular kicks every other Friday right in the ass.
First things first, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (is the realist, and somehow looks better at 40 than he ever did as Zack in the early 90s — seriously, that’s how hot he is now) was a guest on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday night.
And because host Andy Cohen is a dream, he — along with MPG and Mel B. (a freakin’ SPICE GIRL — every 90s kid should be hyperventilating right now) — reenacted a pivotal and award-winning scene from SBTB.
This scene featured Screech Powers (originally portrayed by Dustin Diamond) catching Zack and Lisa Turtle (originally portrayed by Lark Voorhies) kissing. The most annoying best friend in the history of TV is pissed because he’s long admired Lisa — and Zack’s his best pal. Cue the cheesy audience “aww.”
Andy is soulful (you’ll see why) Screech. MPG is Zack. Mel is Lisa. Without further ado:
Then MPG stopped by The Huffington Post with his Franklin & Bash co-star Breckin Meyer (yup, stoner Travis Birkenstock from Clueless) to promote the upcoming season.
He was asked about the Lifetime SBTB movie, The Unauthorized ‘Saved By the Bell’ Story, and though he’s aware of it, he says he has no involvement.
This leads the host to bring up his former co-star Dustin. (In case you didn’t know, the film is based on Dustin's 2009 autobiography, Behind the Bell.)
And that’s when Breckin unleashes.
“This guy’s such a d--k,” he says. “…it’s so negative.” And the perfection that is MPG agrees. “It is negative. That I must say. Everything I’ve heard about his book is negative. I don’t remember those things because my experience on the show was very positive.”
Scroll to the 24:45 mark:
Our favorite part? Breckin going in for the jugular about Dustin’s sex tape, Screeched — Saved by the Smell: “It’s all bulls--t. Just like his sex tape. That’s not him. Come on. Screech is not packing that. Get the hell out of here. He doesn’t have six Beldings beneath him.”
(Editor’s note: you should really watch this whole thing if you’re obsessed with SBTB and Clueless.)
Oh, and to top it off, Lifetime released the first sneak peek of the TV movie:
Yes, it’s ridiculous, but as long as Hot Sundae’s involved, we’re sold:
Us after learning about all of this today:
(Editor's note: every SBTB fan should definitely check out the parody Bayside! The Musical! if they're in the NYC area. #ThankUsLater)