In 2009, Dustin Diamond wrote Behind the Bell, a scandalous tell-all that revealed what life was reportedly like on the set of Saved by the Bell, NBC’s still beloved series that ran from 1989–1993 and turned its cast of fresh-faced actors into megastars.
Diamond wrote that everyone in the cast, except him, was sleeping together (including threesomes!), and many were dabbling in drugs. Diamond’s memoir tipped off Hollywood to the fact there was a lot more going on behind the scenes.
Now, thanks to hours of brand-new interviews conducted for this film (obtained independently of Diamond and his book), the real story will be brought to life in The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, a new Lifetime television movie that promises to change the way that fans look at the classic kids’ comedy.
Cast by the original Saved by the Bell casting director, Robin Lippin, the six actors who will play the sextet that made Bayside High such a popular Saturday morning destination — which BuzzFeed can now exclusively reveal — are:
Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond
Julian Works as Mario Lopez
Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
The newcomer will play Thiessen, who originated the role of everyone’s favorite girl next door, Kelly Kapowski.
Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley
Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lark Voorhies
By Jarett Wieselman