Today is a major holiday—Labor Day!—which means you have plenty of time to rest up before what might be one of the more mind-blowing nights of television in recent history. Um, kidding, kind of, but tonight does mark the debut of the spicy, unauthorized Lifetime movie about "Saved By The Bell." Sure, we'll give you a moment to let all-lllll of that sink in.
Lifetime's left behind its crying-moms demo for a minute and gone after millennials mired in peak 1990s nostalgia, and it's done so in a super-spicy way. That's because this "Saved By the Bell" movie, a fictionalized reenactment rather than a documentary, is totally unauthorized by the entire cast—except Dustin Diamond, who played Screech.
In case you missed it, all of the show's veterans hate Screech. When the rest of the now-40-something-ish hotties reunited for this 2009 People magazine shoot, he was very much uninvited. It didn't help that the same year, he released his own tell-all book, "Behind the Bell," which offered up supposed revelations like:
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris, used steroids while appearing on the show,
- Other cast member drug use occurred,
- Mario Lopez, a.k.a. A.C. Slater, bedded many ladies during his early teens.
- Diamond himself managed to sleep with more than 2000 women, including one of the show's executive producers, who was some 18 years his senior
Ooooh-kay then. Many of the claims within the book have been disputed, and Diamond himself says his ghostwriter blew things out of proportion. Still, "Behind the Bell" served, at least loosely, as the inspiration for this Lifetime movie. So you can imagine how wild it will be.
Join us right here at 8:30 p.m. EST as we live-blog, talk smack, cry, and feel all the feels about the movie, which airs at 9 p.m. EST. Scroll down on this page to view it. You can also follow our pop-culture news account on Twitter, @FusionIsPop, for scintillating and Very Important #SBTBfacts all day.
In the meantime, check out the first five minutes of the movie below. What are they so anxious about?
Arielle Castillo is Fusion's culture editor, reporting on arts, music, culture, and subcultures from the streets on up. She's also a connoisseur of weird Florida, weightlifting, and cats.