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- Mark-Paul Gosselaar reflects on career, ‘Saved by the Bell’ romances and ‘The Passage’
- A ‘Saved by the Bell’ reboot is coming! See the details
- Flashback! Mario Lopez talks favorite ‘Saved by the Bell’ moments, mullet
- Got a showbiz story?
- Zack from ‘Saved By The Bell’ apologises for ‘racist’ episode
Saved by the Bell fans will know, that quite apart from Kelly Kapowski’s bouncy hair and even bouncier moves, there really was one thing above all others that had us tuning back in week after week.
And that thing was the impossibly cheeky Zack Morris. Played by actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the show’s blonde, naughty frontman was forever scheming, getting into scrapes and helping out his odd friend Screech.
Well, for those who’ve keenly mourned the loss of Morris from our screens, today you can once again rejoice because Mark-Paul Gosselaar is back and boy has he done some growing up.
Now 44-years old, Gosselaar has had the odd recurring role on CSI as well as a smattering of lead roles in shows like Truth Be Told and Pitch, which sadly only lasted one season. But as of next year, he might be a much more permanent fixture on your widescreen.
Variety has repored that Gosselaar has been given the lead role in The Passage, based upon Justin Cronin’s literary trilogy.
According to TV Insider, Gosselaar will star as ‘Brad Wolgast, a federal agent tasked with finding Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney). When Brad discovers that the young girl is being sought after for medical experiments linked to Project Noah — a secret medical facility that performs tests with the hope of eradicating all disease — he knows he must do whatever it takes to protect her from that fate.’
And you don’t have long to wait – The Passage premieres on Fox on January 14, 2019.
Watch the trailer below:
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Time out! The fella responsible for that delightfully ’90s catchphrase, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, is returning to the revival series of the show where it all started. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gosselaar will return to the upcoming Saved by the Bell revival series on Peacock, NBC’s upcoming streaming service. He’ll be executive producing the series and — hell yeah — returning as Zack Morris.
In the new series, now a single-camera comedy, Zack Morris has become the governor of California, and is controversially closing many lower-income schools. In an effort to curb the effects of his decisions, he sends many of the affected students to different schools — including, of course, Bayside High. Other returning alumni include Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater and Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano. Peacock is also in talks with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen to play Kelly Kapowski. New cast members include Josie Totah (No Good Nick) as a beautiful, popular, mean cheerleader at Bayside. The whole project comes from the mind of creator/writer Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, Great News).
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Gosselaar, beyond his producing duties, will only be appearing in three episodes of the series, due to his previous commitments as a series regular on mixed-ish. The two programs are produced by different studios, and the series regular status limits Gosselaar’s ability to appear on other programs to three episodes a piece (we previously saw this play out with Johnny Galecki‘s guest appearances on the Roseanne revival while being a series regular on The Big Bang Theory). Thus, it seems like Zack Morris, after inciting the whole premise of the series, will mostly be an unseen force in the show. Still — we’ll take whatever new Zack Morris we can get, and look forward to seeing Wigfield’s sharper-than-usual take on the character’s mythology.
Peacock is set to launch sometime in April. But if you’re impatient, check out this mini-Saved by the Bell reunion on Jimmy Fallon. And if you wanna know what else Peacock is rebooting, here’s our intel on the upcoming Battlestar Galactica revival series.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar reflects on career, ‘Saved by the Bell’ romances and ‘The Passage’
Mark-Paul Gosselaar had more than one pretty woman to crush on in his youth. (Feb. 15)
Happy b-b-b-b-b-b-b (go Bayside!) birthday, Mark-Paul Gosselaar! The actor perhaps immortalized as scheming high school student Zack Morris turned 45 Friday. Though maybe take a “time out” before reminding him of that. When this reporter said in light of the milestone, USA TODAY wanted to talk about all his years in the biz, he deadpanned, “You’re making me feel great about my age.”
Gosselaar says his time in front of the camera began when he was just 4 years old. A friend of his mother’s, who was a model, encouraged her to have photos taken of him and get an agent. Gosselaar says local print work led to commercials, which led to appearances in the ’80s on series like “The Twilight Zone,” “Punky Brewster” and “Charles in Charge.” Gosselaar then booked the role of Zack Morris on the series “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” with Hayley Mills, which lasted just one season before it was re-imagined as “Saved by the Bell.”
“I saw how much money I was getting paid to do something that I really loved and made the decision that… I could categorize (my occupation) as being an actor.”
Gosselaar didn’t even take “Saved by the Bell” seriously, predicting each season the show would be canceled. It premiered in 1989 and lasted for four seasons, plus a single season for the college spinoff.
“Every season it was like, ‘OK, we had our run and we’ll see each other at some point,'” he said. “And then we were always surprised to come back.”
Gosselaar says he doesn’t think the show “had that big of a coolness factor” while filming.
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The “cool show” Gosselaar says was another about California teens: (the soon-to-be rebooted) “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
“That was high school,” he said. “They were really doing some edgy things for young adults.”
Edgy wouldn’t necessarily be the way to describe the caffeine pill addiction Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) had, which makes Gosselaar laugh when it’s brought up.
“If I were to be in that position now, I would seriously look at the producers and writers and go, ‘Really, caffeine pills? That’s what we’re hooked on?'” he admitted. “But at the time, we were just having fun with each other; we were having fun being actors.”
Perhaps a little too much fun behind the scenes. Gosselaar made headlines in January when he revealed he and Berkley – dated. To USA TODAY, Gosselaar described the behind-the-scenes romances as very intertwined.
“It was very incestuous,” Gosselaar said. There was so much fraternizing Gosselaar says they were spoken to by the series’ executive producer.
“Peter Engel at one point had to sit us all down and say, ‘Hey we have a show to do, you guys need to calm down,’ because at some point one person wasn’t talking to the other one. One person was friends with the other person who wasn’t talking so they weren’t talking to you. It was high school in a very sort of small, microbubble.”
“We were in very close quarters for nine months out of the year,” he explained, “and there’s a little bleed-over from your characters – I mean you see it on films all the time, you see it on TV shows all the time with adults. Inevitably, kids are gonna do something.”
After Zack Morris, Gosselaar continued to work steadily. From 2001-2005 he portrayed his favorite character, Detective John Clark, Jr. on “NYPD Blue” and also found success with the series “Franklin & Bash” (2011-2014). While he wishes he could’ve played Mike Lawson longer on Fox’s “Pitch” (2016), he now stars on “The Passage” from the same network. The sci-fi drama, which USA TODAY gave ★★★ out of four, is based on Justin Cronin’s trilogy: “The Passage,” “The Twelve” and “The City of Mirrors.”
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Gosselaar said he enjoys playing the role of government agent Brad Wolgast, who meets Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) and refuses to give her up to the government for testing to ward off a global pandemic.
“It’s a challenging role for me. It’s physical,” Gosselaar said. “It’s got pretty much all the elements that I’m always looking for and a role that will sustain your interest for hopefully the run of a few years.”
Gosselaar described the first part of the two-hour finale airing March 11 as “unbelievably ambitious.”
“What we are able to accomplish in the eight days that we had to film that episode arguably could’ve taken a month on a film,” he said. He adds the second half of the finale is “a bit of a departure from what we’ve shown you through the rest of the season.”
From “Preppy” to “The Passage.” Gosselaar’s current show airs Monday (9 EST/PST).
Contributing: Kelly Lawler
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Nearly two decades after Fox’s iconic teen soap “Beverly Hills 90210” left the airwaves, the original cast is reuniting for a reboot in which Fox says they’ll play “heightened versions of themselves.” Click forward to see what the stars have been up to since leaving West Beverly High. ANDREW SEMEL/FOX The show began in 1990 as a fish-out-of-water story about a pair of fraternal twins whose family relocates from Minnesota to Los Angeles. Shannen Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh, was the most well-known cast member thanks to her roles in the TV series “Our House” and the1988 cult movie “Heathers.” She was also the first major cast member to leave “90210.” Doherty was written out during Season 4 after some behind-the-scenes drama, and her character left to study drama in London. DIEGO UCHITEL/FOX After doing a number of TV movies and films like “Mallrats” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” Doherty, right, returned to TV in 1998 with WB’s “Charmed,” about three sisters who happen to be witches. The series reunited her with “90210” producer Aaron Spelling but once again, there was on-set drama and Doherty was written out in the third season. BYRON COHEN, TLP/WB In 2016, Doherty found her way back into the headlines by documenting her breast-cancer diagnosis and treatment through her Instagram account. In 2017, she revealed that her cancer was in remission. Jason LaVeris, FilmMagic During an interview with Chelsea Handler, Doherty praised husband Kurt Iswarienko, whom she married in 2011, with putting his own career on the back burner to care her during her illness. In 2018, she revealed that the property where they married was destroyed in the California wildfires. Evan Agostini/AP Doherty, seen here with Iswarienko at a 2017 Halloween party, originally had not signed on to participate in the reboot, but changed her mind following the death of former cast member Luke Perry. Michael Kovac, (Credit too long, see caption) Jason Priestley was cast as Brandon Walsh, Brenda’s earnest twin brother and an aspiring journalist. A stand-up guy, he helped his friends through many a personal crisis. AARON RAPOPORT/FOX Brandon’s most serious relationship was with his sister’s friend, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), though the two stopped just shy of the altar. Priestley left the show in Season 9 and Brandon as written out as traveling the world for work. He did return as a guest-star, however. RON TOM/FOX In 2005, Priestley married makeup artist Naomi Lowde, with whom he has two children. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage In May 2019, he promoted the “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot, “BH90210.” Taylor Hill, FilmMagic Though Doherty was the best-known cast member when the show began, Jennie Garth quickly gained equal fame and carried “90210” after she left. Her character, Kelly Taylor, evolved from the spoiled daughter of an addict to a become a better person. However, she had to go through hell to get there, including drug addiction and a rape she later avenged at gunpoint. LARRY WATSON/FOX Jennie Garth followed castmate Ian Ziering into the ballroom, joining the cast of “Dancing With the Stars” for Season 5. Craig Sjodin, ABC Garth has been married three times: first to musician Daniel Clark from 1994 to 1996. Five years later, she wed “Twilight” actor Peter Facinelli (seen here) with whom she had three daughters before they divorced in 2013. In 2015, she married actor David Abrams, divorcing three years later. Jason Merritt, Getty Images Garth has maintained her friendship with co-star Tori Spelling, who played West Beverly High classmate Donna Martin for nearly 30 years. In 2014, they re-teamed for a ABC Family series, “Mystery Girls.” Four years later, during the 2018 California wildfires, Spelling publicly thanked Garth for welcoming her family and pets into her home after they were forced to evacuate. Amy Sussman/Invision/AP Spelling, the daughter of 90210 executive producer, Aaron Spelling, landed the role of Donna Martin after smaller parts on his other shows, such as “Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” Her desire to remain a virgin led to drama with on-and-off relationship with David Silver in high school. They eventually reunited in the final season, moving in together and later marrying in the series’ 2000 finale. Fox After a two-year marriage to actor Charlie Shanian, Spelling wed Dean McDermott in May 2006. Frazer Harrison, Getty Images In 2008, she published a memoir, “Stori Telling,” in which she recounts her difficult relation with her parents and her love life – and yes, her nose job. Simon Spotlight The ups and downs of Spelling and McDermott’s marriage were documented in the 2014 LIfetime reality show “True Tori,” including the aftermath of his affair. Mylifetime.com “True Tori” also documented the couple’s parenting adventures. After getting past their 2014 marital problems, Spelling and McDermott later welcomed their fifth child and third son in March 2017. Mylifetime.com In 2007, Ziering became the first “90210” cast member to sign up for “Dancing With the Stars.” Dancing with partner Cheryl Burke, he set the bar high with a fourth-place finish in Season 4. JAMES SORENSEN, ABC Ziering has been married twice: first to Nikki Schieler from 1997 to 2002 and then to Erin Kristine Ludwig (seen here) since 2010. Angela Weiss, Getty Images In 2013, Ziering notched another entry into the pop-culture pantheon, starring in the comedy/horror hybrid “Sharknado” and its five sequels. Syfy Luke Perry was one of the early breakout stars from “90210” thanks to his role as Dylan McKay, a latter-day James Dean type. A loaner with a trust fund whose parents are out of the picture, he treated the Walshes as his adopted family. He later dated Brenda but after their breakup, he took up with Kelly, causing a rift between the two friends. DIEGO UCHITELL/FOX In Season 6, he romanced the daughter of a mobster (Rebecca Gayheart) who stole his money, only to fall in love with her. They married and relocated to Hawaii but her father’s attempted hit on Dylan killed her instead, sending him into a tailspin. Perry left the show for two years, returning for Season 9. At that point, Dylan became addicted to heroin and learned his father, who he believed had died seven years earlier, was alive and in the Witness Protection Program. In the series finale, he reunited with Kelly and Donna’s wedding. ANDREW SEMEL, FOX BROADCASTING In an attempt to escape typecasting after “90210” ended, Perry sought out roles as different as possible, joining the HBO prison drama “Oz” midway through Season 4 in 2001. He played a preacher jailed for embezzlement. ABBOT GENSER, HBO In 2016, Perry signed onto the comic-based CW series “Riverdale,” in which he plays Fred Andrews, a candidate for mayor and father to Archie (KJ Apa). DEAN BUSCHER/THE CW Perry died March 4, 2019, just days after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images Gabrielle Carteris was 29 when she debuted as Andrea Zuckerman, the editor of the West Beverly High School newspaper and valedictorian. Accepted at Yale, she declined and attended the fictional California University with her friends. Andrea fell in love with and married her old resident advisor. They had a daughter together and moved to Connecticut, where she finally did attend Yale. Carteris returned as a guest star in later years, including a Season 10 episode where she returned for Donna’s bachelorette party and revealed she was about to be divorced. DIEGO UCHITEL, FOX BROADCASTING In a very Andrea move, Carteris ran for president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2016 and won. Here, she arrives for the union’s 25th annual SAG Awards in January 2019 with Charles Isaacs, her husband of nearly three decades. They have two children together. VALERIE MACON, AFP/Getty Images Over the course of the series, Brian Austin Green’s character, David Silver, succeeded in upgrading his social profile from nerd to a member of the popular crowd, partially thanks to his new stepsister, Kelly Taylor. He also had an on-and-off-again relationship with Donna Martin throughout high school and college. Though they finally married in the season finale, the 2013 CW reboot revealed that they separated after having a daughter together. DAVIS FACTOR, FOX Green, who dated “90210” co-stars Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Vanessa Marcil, married “Transformers” actress Megan Fox in 2010. He has four children, all boys: one with Marcil and three with Fox. Handout, Getty Images
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Zack Morris will be a part of the “Saved by the Bell” reboot. The actor who played him? Eh, not so much.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar says no one has asked him to star in the upcoming revival, set to air on NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock.
“I haven’t been approached, so I’m not involved at the moment,” the actor told E! News while promoting his new ABC series, “Mixed-ish.”
Trending stories,celebrity news and all the best of TODAY. Fans still love Mark-Paul Gosselaar for his role as Zack Morris.NBC
Original “Saved by the Bell” stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley will appear in the reboot.
Gosselaar’s comments add a layer of confusion to the reboot because Zack plays an important role in it as the governor of California who closes a slew of low-income schools, sending students to high performing ones, including his own alma mater, Bayside High. Gosselaar is puzzled that Zack remains a vital figure, but he wasn’t asked to participate.
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“I find that odd too ‘cause when I read that I thought, ‘Huh, I’m on ‘mixed-ish.’’ But I haven’t been approached. Honestly, that is the truth, no one has approached me yet,” the actor said.
Gosselaar, 45, says he found out about the show when a friend sent him a text message featuring an article that the show was coming out.
The cast of “Saved by the Bell” during the show’s first season.NBC
And have no illusions: Gosselaar would love to be involved in a reboot, although he notes this may not be the most ideal moment for him to sign on.
“I’ve always been game. I’ve always been game, but it’s timing and right now I’m focused on my show on ABC,” he said.
Peacock will launch in April of next year, so time will tell if Gosselaar does wind up joining the project.
Flashback! Mario Lopez talks favorite ‘Saved by the Bell’ moments, mullet
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I know Mark-Paul Gosselaar has moved on since Saved By the Bell, but since I’ve never seen Franklin & Bash—or any of the other 30 or so projects he’s done since 1994—he’s still Zack Morris. So who did Zack said “I do” to over the weekend? Sadly, not to Kelly Kapowski.
Mark-Paul exchanged vows with advertising executive Catriona McGinn at the Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California. Before the wedding, Mark-Paul told People that he was very involved in the planning.
“I’m too type-A to let it happen around me,” he said. “We’re trying to make it as traditional as possible. It’s going to be fun!”
Here’s a peek at the Neil Lane engagement ring he proposed with last year.
Post-wedding, the two are planning on “eating our assess off” in Italy.
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar (left) and Mario Lopez (right) brought Zack Morris and A.C. Slater back together after 30 years (Picture: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank)
Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar just trumped the 10-year challenge with a 30-year reunion, so we can all go home now.
Back together after three decades, the Saved By The Bell stars posed in a side-by-side 2019 reunion photo to mirror their expressions back in 1989 and it’s all kinds of nostalgic.
While Gosselaar was worlds away from blonde-haired and baby-faced Zack Morris, TV host Lopez had barely changed since his A.C. Slater days.
Down to the finer details, the pair mimicked a retro photo of themselves taken in character, in front of the lockers at fictional school Bayside High.
The photo was posted by Extra TV as the duo met up for a chat on his daytime show this Wednesday to talk about their time on the cult teenage sitcom and Gosselaar’s new show The Passage.
Fans were quick to comment that the 44-year-old actor was barely recognisable with a bushy beard and thick, dark hair.
He’s still best known for playing mischevious Zack in the Eighties TV series, alongside Mario as his jock best friend A.C.
The beloved US sitcom ran from 1989 to 1993 and spawned two spin-off series (Saved By The Bell: The College Years, Saved By The Bell: The New Class) along with two movies in 1992’s Hawaiian Style and Wedding In Las Vegas in 1994.
But Gosselaar recently told Metro.co.uk that he wished people knew about his body of work that followed, including NYPD Blue and Franklin & Bash.
He explained: ‘The only thing that gets me upset is I wish they knew I was on other things because possibly my shows wouldn’t get cancelled if my viewers watched my shows.’
Gosselaar’s next role is starring in an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s sci-fi novel The Passage, playing Federal Agent Brad Wolgast who takes it upon himself to protect Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) from a deadly virus.
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Remember this adorable fresh face? Zack Morris was everyone’s favorite troublemaker from the start of Saved By The Bell — and even before! Mark-Paul Gosselaar was actually a member of the original series, too: Good Morning, Miss Bliss. After NBC opted to revamp the show as Saved By The Bell in 1989, the cast of teens, including Gosselaar, became pop culture sensations. So, what did he get up to after Saved By The Bell: The College Years ended in 1994?
Well, growing a serious beard for one thing. Gosselaar showed up at the 2016 Fox Upfront at Central Park in New York City looking totally different than his ’90s self. He not only wore a great gray suit, a.k.a. the opposite of all the neon ’90s gear his high school alter-ego rocked, he also showed off his dark brown hair and thick beard.
The change is even crazier when you compare him side-by-side to his headshot from over 25 years ago:
His new look isn’t random: Gosselaar is making his comeback on the new Fox show Pitch, which will be about Major League Baseball getting its first female pitcher. Of course, it’s not like Gosselaar hasn’t been keeping busy for the past couple decades.
Since his days as a teen celeb, Gosselaar has acted on countless TV shows, including starring roles on NYPD Blue and Raising the Bar, as well as guest starring appearances Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Weeds and even Robot Chicken. He’s also a father of four now, and is married to advertising executive Catriona McGinn. This is one child star story that had a totally happy ending!
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar has reportedly confirmed he’ll be in the Saved By The Bell reboot (Picture: NBC Universal; Getty)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, aka Zach Morris from Saved By The Bell, has apparently confirmed he’ll be starring in the reboot.
The daytime TV hunk left hearts shattered when he claimed back in September that he hadn’t been approached to appear in the reboot – despite being the main character.
But it’s all worked out alright in the end! We think…
Mark-Paul reportedly assured fans he will be in the revival, during an appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour.
‘Everybody can sleep well at night,’ he said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Our main man played Zach Morris on the show (Picture: NBCU Photo Bank)
The star also said he believes his former castmate Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski in the original series, ‘has been engaged with’ the project.
‘It looks like you will have us in some capacity,’ he added.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Mark-Paul’s rep for comment.
Mark-Paul is already starring in Mixed-ish, a prequel to the comedy Black-ish, on ABC, a competitor to NBC’s streaming service.
Mark-Paul, seen with his wife Catriona, has grown up somewhat in 30 years (Picture: FilmMagic)
A series regular is restricted to appearing in three episodes of another show, according to industry standard, so we may not get to see all that much of Mark-Paul.
The popular show is being revived after 30 years and will reportedly see the return of Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley as Slater and Jessie.
Josie Totah has been cast as the most popular girl in school, while John Michael Higgins will replace Dennis Haskins’ Principal Belding.
The reboot, picking up decades after the original series ended, will apparently see Zack as a California governor who comes under fire for shutting low-income high schools.
Mark-Paul previously claimed in September that he wasn’t invited to star in the reboot, which is, frankly, a bit weird.
He told Variety: ‘I read it in the trades just like everybody else this morning. Honestly, I was never approached. I woke up to the news this morning with a kind of “huh” response.’
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Zack from ‘Saved By The Bell’ apologises for ‘racist’ episode
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris, has apologised for a ‘racist’ episode of cult ’90s show ‘Saved By The Bell’.
Classic teen sitcom ‘Saved By The Bell’ ran between 1989-1993, and followed the fortunes of six squeaky-clean teens as they navigated their lives through the triumphs and tribulations of high school in the US.
However, one episode in particular has always haunted the lead cast member – ‘Running Zack from November 1990, which tells the story of Morris’ apparent Native American ancestry.
“He gives a – I’m doing this in air quotes – ‘presentation’ that consists of putting war paint on Screech (Dustin Diamond) and giving him a toy tomahawk,” Gosselaar told Entertainment Weekly. “He has Screech stagger around and grunt at people. Zack doesn’t get in trouble for this completely racist presentation, and the only punishment is he’ll have to skip the big track meet if he doesn’t take the project seriously.”
He continued: “His teacher introduces him to Chief Henry, who appears to live in someone’s garage and bestows wisdom onto Zack before he drops dead without explanation at the end of the episode.”
Gosselaar added: “On the plus side, Zack takes his ancestry seriously and gives another ‘presentation’. Of course, he gets into full Native American costume with face paint and a headdress.”
“That’s another ‘I’m Sorry’ moment… Actually there’s a picture of me online I found as well. So, uh, yeah… good stuff. I hope the kids don’t catch that episode.”
Earlier this year, the restaurant in which ‘Saved By The Bell’ was set opened for real – take a look inside here.
Meanwhile, Dustin Diamond who played Screech in the show, was sent back to prison for breaching the terms of his probation after stabbing a man.
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News of actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in Raising the Bar, NYPD Blue or Saved by the Bell is alive and well.
UPDATE 02/02/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Mark-Paul Gosselaar’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (January 31, 2020), our beloved actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar passed away. Mark-Paul Gosselaar was born on March 1, 1974 in Panorama City. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 45-year-old actor was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.
Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (74%) of respondents think those Mark-Paul Gosselaar death rumors are not funny anymore.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (February 01) the actor’s reps officially confirmed that Mark-Paul Gosselaar is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.
Some fans have expressed anger at the fake report saying it was reckless, distressing and hurtful to fans of the much loved actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.