Members of the original ‘Saved By The Bell’ reuniting with their spouses [Tiffani Thiessen/Instagram]
Members of the original Saved By The Bell cast reunited for dinner ahead of the show’s 30th anniversary. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) and his wife Catronia McGinn, Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and his wife Courtney, Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and her husband Brady Smith, and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Jessie Spano) and her husband Greg Lauren, nephew of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
Gosselaar starred in The Passage which just concluded its first season on Fox. The show was received well by fans and critics, averaging over 6 million viewers per episode. Thiessen currently stars on the Netflix original series Alexa & Katie. From 2009 to 2014, she starred as Elizabeth Burke on the hit USA series White Collar. Lopez is currently a host on Extra, and has hosted several shows over the last decade.
Notable absentees were Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Dustin Diamond (Screech), and Dennis Haskins who played the beloved Mr. Belding. In 2012, it was revealed that Voorhies had been dealing with bipolar disorder. Diamond alienated himself from the rest of the cast with the release of his 2009 memoir Behind The Bell. Former co-star Gosselaar dismissed the book as “fiction.” Diamond got himself into serious legal trouble in 2014 for allegedly pulling a knife on someone during an altercation at a bar in Wisconsin. He served three months in prison, and was arrested again after his release in May 2016 for violating his parole.
The original Saved By The Bell premiered on August 20, 1989. After one season of the Disney Channel show Good Morning, Miss Bliss, executive producer Peter Engel transitioned the show into Saved By The Bell. The show aired for 4 seasons from 1989 to 1993. Spinoffs included Saved By The Bell: The College Years (1993-1994) and Saved By The Bell: The New Class (1993-2000). Gosselaar, Lopez, Diamond, Thiessen reprised their roles in The College Years with additional new cast members.
Engel helmed several other hit teen sitcoms like California Dreams (1992-1996), Hang Time (1995-2000), USA High (1997-1999), City Guys (1997-2001), and more.
Hopefully, fans can expect more reunions (perhaps with more of the cast) in celebration of Saved By The Bell‘s upcoming 30th anniversary this summer.
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