Bayside is back in session, but it looks like Zack Morris will not be making an appearance any time soon.
There have been plenty of rumors floating around for a while now about a potential reboot of the popular teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, which originally aired from 1989 to 1993. Now, those rumors have finally proven true.
NBC Universal is launching their own streaming platform called Peacock, which like familiar platforms such as Netflix or Hulu, will be accessed via internet service and feature TV shows and movies, as well as original content. And earlier this week, they finally revealed the programming lineup, with Saved by the Bell making the list.
Already on board are original cast members Mario Lopez, who played jock A.C. Slater, and Elizabeth Berkley, who played feminist Jessie Spano.
However, there is one cast member who won’t be walking the halls of Bayside this time around. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played the charming schemer Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell, says that he was not even approached about taking part in the reboot.
In fact, after news broke that the reboot was actually happening, Gosselaar admitted that not only was he never approached about joining the cast for the revival, but he didn’t even know about the show previous to that day.
“Honestly, I was never approached. I woke up to the news this morning with a kind of ‘huh’ response,” the 45-year-old actor said, claiming that he read about it “just like everybody else this morning.”
Gosselaar chatted about reboots back in May when he appeared as a guest on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Award Chatter podcast. He revealed that he isn’t the biggest fan of reboots, saying that he’s fine “with never seeing a reboot ever again.”
He did mention that he could be convinced to take part in a Saved by the Bell revival if it “wouldn’t tarnish the original product,” and added that he’s “open to hearing anything.”
Well, it looks like he didn’t hear anything, after all.
Gosselaar says that he understands why NBC Universal didn’t reach out, though. He now stars in Mixed-ish on ABC, which poses competition to Peacock with their own Disney+ streaming service. “I understand the business side of things.”
Gosselaar’s character, Zack Morris, will still be mentioned in the reboot, though. The show takes place decades later, and Zack is now the (unseen) governor. Perhaps the show has left the door open for Gosselaar to cameo later.