Because Lifetime is a network that likes to shit all over anything good in life (and still make you really want to watch it in the process), they’re doing an unauthorized Saved By the Bell movie, which will apparently focus not on the show, but on the behind-the-scenes drama that went on during filming it… and there was apparently plenty of it. Oh, and lots of drugs and sex, too (this according to Dustin Diamond, mind).
While people who grew up watching the show are pretty keen to see this, there’s one person in particular who is not a fan of the idea: Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie Spano.
“I know nothing about what they are planning,” the Showgirls star, 41, admitted to Us Weekly. “I’m not really curious about it because we know the life we led, and I have no idea what their picture of it is. So who knows!”
Here’s hoping that storyline where Jessie gets addicted to caffeine pills wasn’t pulled from real life, I guess? Y’all know I will torrent and watch the shit out of this movie. Saved By the Bell was my life growing up – I even wrote a fan letter to Tiffani Amber Thiessen when I was like, 8, and got a pre-printed “autographed” postcard back that I kept on my windowsill. (Yes, I was clearly always gay.)
Anyhow, just as a reminder, here’s EBerks in her Jessie Spano heyday:
Yesssss, bring back the ’90s!
Saved by the Bell” is another step closer to a comeback … Mr. Belding himself — aka Dennis Haskins — tells TMZ he’s all for a Bayside High reunion, just days after Mark-Paul Gosselaar said he wasn’t opposed to the idea.
TMZ broke the story … Mark-Paul was in L.A. last weekend … and told our photog, if the upcoming “Boy Meets World” revamp works out, then “maybe we’ll do a reunion as well.”
That’s all it took for Mr. Belding to board the gravy train … telling TMZ, “I have always supported a reunion of any kind including all of us” … before adding, “Honestly, the fans still love us and our show so much … they deserve it!”
As for the rest of the cast, getting them together may be tricky — Jimmy Fallon nearly made it happen in 2009 … until Tiffani Thiessen put the kibosh on the whole thing.
Man. Can I tell you how much I hope this happens? I really, really hope this happens. Mr. Belding, I don’t care all that much for, because he’s just like whatever, but seeing Zack and Kelly rekindle their on-screen romance? Come on, Kapowski. It’s not as if you’ve got anything better going on. Might want to rethink the 2009 Kibosh, huh?
As for the rest of the cast, I think it’d be super good publicity, too. Lark Voorhies … well, we all know what kind of craziness she’s been up to lately, and if Dustin Diamond isn’t too busy filming scat porn, then we’ve got those two also. Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley? Easy. Mario would just be in his glory to be around three hot pieces of ass all at once, and Elizabeth, well. Where the hell has she been, anyway? … Never mind. Don’t answer that.
Tiffani Theissen, or Valerie Malone, if we’re going way back and talking Beverly Hills 90210-style, recently appeared on the Howard Stern show where she discussed what it was like on the set of the famed show, and how she’s still not on speaking terms with some of the actresses (ahem, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling) because of a decades-long falling out that the girls had way back in the day.
To Stern, Tiffani said:
“We had a falling out and we grew apart. I was the one who was hurt, let’s just say that. I was the one who was hurt. It’s funny, our relationship started really rough and ended the way it started. … [The girls] were not very nice to me.”
Later in life, however, Tiffani claims that Jennie apologized for her previous behavior, and the two reconciled and became friends for a while—though their friendship bliss slowly burned out, and the two ultimately fell out of contact.
With Tori Spelling, however, there’s an even juicier story, apparently. Tiffani states that after Tori Spelling split with her first husband, Charlie Shanian, Tori and Tiffani were no longer even on civil speaking terms, because Charlie was good friends with Tiffani, and Tori didn’t like that:
“[The divorce] was a hard situation for everybody. We were close with Charlie. My best friend was Charlie’s roommate. It was hard.”
Whatever. I’m glad it’s all water under the bridge and forgiven and forgotten and all that, but I loved this show back then and I’d love to hear a tell-all about who was sleeping with who and what they really fought over and how things are to this day between the former cast mates. I mean, honestly. Can you even imagine the real drama that happened there? SPILL, VALERIE.