From a media release:
â€“ Buzzworthy film gives fans a closer look at the alleged drama behind-the-scenes of the classic teen sitcom â€“
â€“ Canadian and former DEGRASSI star Dylan Everett portrays SAVED BY THE BELL lead Mark-Paul Gosselaar â€“
â€“ Leading into the filmâ€™s premiere, fans can catch up on their favourite episodes of SAVED BY THE BELL with the five-hour M3 Labour Day marathon, THE BEST OF THE BELL â€“
The year was 1989. Slaterâ€™s acid-washed jeans were a fashion must-have, everyone wanted Zackâ€™s over-sized brick phone, and Jessieâ€™s momentary caffeine pill addiction was the talk of the water cooler. SAVED BY THE BELL, a pillar of 90s pop culture, was required watching for those growing up in that decade, and continues to be referenced today. Now, to mark the seriesâ€™ 25th anniversary, M3 delivers all the behind-the-scenes drama of the teen sitcom with the exclusive premiere of THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET. With U.S. Casting by Robin Lippin, the original casting director of SAVED BY THE BELL, the film stars Dylan Everett (DEGRASSI) as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, a.k.a. â€œZackâ€, Sam Kindseth (SHAMELESS) as Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. â€œScreechâ€, Julian Works (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) as Mario Lopez, a.k.a. â€œSlaterâ€, Tiera Skovbye (SUPERNATURAL) as Elizabeth Berkley, a.k.a. â€œJessieâ€, Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) as Lark Voorhies, a.k.a. â€œLisaâ€, and newcomer Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, a.k.a. â€œKellyâ€.
The film tracks the unauthorized story of the off-camera lives of SAVED BY THE BELLâ€™s stars, exploring the challenges and long-rumoured rifts cast members faced, as they juggled trying to maintain a wholesome image with growing up in front of the camera. THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY dramatizes the alleged behind-the-scenes troubles that took place during the showâ€™s initial run between 1989 and 1993. From promiscuity, to fights and drug use, no topic is off limits in the two-hour TV event.
Preceding THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, M3 gives viewers a chance to catch up on classic episodes of SAVED BY THE BELL in a five-hour marathon, THE BEST OF THE BELL, Monday, Sept. 1 beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The mega-marathon features fan favourite episodes including â€œNo Hope with Dopeâ€ about the gangâ€™s first exposure to drugs, â€œLast Danceâ€ when Kelly begins to fall for her boss, and â€œRockumentaryâ€, when Zack Attack, the gangâ€™s band, gets a push from Casey Kasem.