In a world of reboots, Mark-Paul Gosselaar knows what works, and what doesn’t. When it comes to ‘Saved by the Bell,’ the Jimmy Fallon type reunion worked — but a reboot would not.
“If you saw us in high school, it would look really sad,” Mark-Paul Gosselaar told HollywoodLife.com in an exclusive interview while promoting his new show, Pitch, airing this fall on Fox. While he totally gets the cast reunions that happen on late night — and is happy to do that with his Saved by the Bell cast anytime, he’s not sure a full reboot would actually work. And it totally makes sense.
“I’d like to see a reunion too, but I don’t know how you can do it without making it look sad! If you saw us all in a high school, it would look really sad,” he told us at ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas. “Fuller House works because it’s in a house, and it’s about the progression of the little girls that turn into these women. I get it, but Saved by the Bell is about Bayside High! How do you make that work?”
Mark then pointed out that they’re 40 years old now, and who wants to see a 40-year-old in a high school?!
“I don’t even think you want to know where Zack is! We all remember that guy in high school. They don’t turn out that well,” he said, laughing. “‘Oh yeah that guy, he’s living in Manhattan beach. He says he has a job. Doing what? I don’t know. He’s got a great pad though. Is he married? No, he was married years ago to Kelly, his high school sweetheart… until she found out what a douche he was.”
However, when it comes to the Jimmy Fallon reunion that brought back most of the cast in February 2015 for a hilarious skit, he’d be all about that. “It becomes like an SNL skit, [or] a parody. I’d totally do that. I’d do that every week if Jimmy had the capacity!”
If there was a cast he’d like to see back together, it would be his show with Breckin Meyer, Franklin and Bash, which ran for four seasons on TNT. “We like our chemistry together, [and] we like each other. Even if we don’t work as actors together, we’d like to work as partners together in something,” he said. “I’d totally do a 2 hour movie on that.”
Do you want to see Zack Morris today? To see Mark-Paul’s new show, tune into Pitch on Fox this Fall!