After original Saved by the Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar previously stated he had not been contacted about the upcoming Saved by the Bell reboot, recently confirmed he will make an appearance!
Speaking with the press at the Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour on Wednesday, January 8, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Everybody can sleep well at night,” referring to the fact he will be in the reboot in some capacity. He even added that he thinks his former castmate and on-screen love interest Tiffani Thiessen would also be reprising her role of Kelly Kapowski as he told reporters the actress “has been engaged with” about the project.
“It looks like you will have us in some capacity,” he added. The news of Gosselaar’s participation comes shortly after it was announced that actress Josie Totah had been cast as the teen lead for the reboot. Totah will be cast as the gorgeous and witty cheerleader Lexi, who is admired and feared by the school’s students.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gosselaar’s chances of appearing in more than the slated three episodes is currently limited due to his starring role on ABC’s “Mixed-ish,” which is produced by a separate studio. The industry standard for series regulars to make appearances on other programs is capped at the three episodes Gosselaar will reportedly appear in, the outlet said.
Original star Mario Lopez teased in September 2019 that his character, A.C. Slater, and his iconic mullet may also return in the rebooted series. Elizabeth Berkley, who starred as Jessie Spano, has also signed on to reprise her role in the ’90s comedy.