'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story' TV movie is coming

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By Anna Chan
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez during the "Saved by the Bell" years.Today

Nineties hit high-school sitcom "Saved by the Bell" launched the careers of six teens and landed them the covers of Big Bopper and other teen magazines. Now, Lifetime is offering an unauthorized look at the challenges Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond faced in the wake of stardom. 

The network announced on Thursday that "The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story" will premiere on Sept. 1, and has already been cast by none other than Robin Lippin, who was responsible for finding the original show's young actors. Dylan Everett will play Gosselaar, Sam Kindseth will be Diamond, Julian Works will play Lopez, Alyssa Lunch is Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye will portray Berkley and Taylor Russell will be Voorhies.

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When BuzzFeed broke the news, Lopez seemed surprised.

@BuzzFeed:+Exclusive:+Lifetime+To+Air+"The+Unauthorized+Saved+By+The+Bell+Story"+http://t.co/ZdIBURR0ar+pic.twitter.com/55uOK3OItc” Really???


The other original actors have yet to respond to requests for comment about the unauthorized TV flick, but Berkley has been offering flashbacks to the cast's "Saved by the Bell" days on Twitter.





"The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" is currently filming, and will air Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

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