Saved by the Bell Revival: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Among Cast Members Not Asked Back

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If you were hoping for more original Saved by the Bell actors to return for the forthcoming revival, then we have some bad news:

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen were not asked to return. 

NBC stunned the world with the announcement of the revival on Tuesday, with both Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprising their roles from the 1989-93 comedy series. 

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Many fans were immediately confused by the lack of clarity on whether some of the other cast members could sign up to appear ahead of production. 

But Gosselaar admitted in an interview with Variety that he was never approached, and more concerning, it seems he had no idea the show was even near to a series order. 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Attends The Passage Event

“Honestly, I was never approached,” Gosselaar, who played Zack, told the outlet. “I woke up to the news this morning with a ‘huh’ kind of response.”

For his part, Gosselaar is attached as a series regular on mixed-ish, the third series set in the black-ish universe, slated to debut this month. 

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The actor maintained that he understands "the business side of things," especially considering that his current show is not on NBC. 

In a seperate interview with TMZ, Gosselaar stated that he was not the only who was not approached for the new series. 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar attends the Fox Winter TCA

“I believe that Tiffani [Thiessen, who played Kelly] and I, and the rest of the cast, have not been approached yet,” he said.

Little is actually known about the project which was one of many new series announced for Peacock, the new NBC streaming service. 

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Here's the synopsis:

When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state — including Bayside High.

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The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.

Would you watch with just Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley returning, or would you hold out for more names to be added from the original series?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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