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Zack is back! Mark-Paul Gosselaar first started playing Zack Morris in the late 1980s on Good Morning, Miss Bliss and then -- famously -- on Saved by the Bell. He returned to the role in the mid-'90s for TV movies, a sequel series, and a spinoff episode. But it's been a long time since Gosselaar has been Zack and he looks a lot different now. For one thing, he's 46. Oh and not blonde. But that can be easily fixed for the Saved by the Bell revival, as MPG just showed fans.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is very new to Instagram and only has three posts so far, starting on March 1, 2020. Here on March 11, he posted an update on his transformation back into Zack for the Saved by the Bell revival coming to NBC's streaming service, Peacock:
Whoa, that surfer 'do! I guess that is how Zack Morris might look today, but the process probably wasn't complete when MPG shared that pic. The synopsis for the Saved by the Bell revival noted that Zack Morris is somehow governor of California now. Is that how the guv would look? Maybe.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is reportedly going to be in three episodes of the Saved by the Bell revival, and he recently noted that Tiffani Thiessen would be in "an episode or two" with him as Zack's wife Kelly Kapowski-Morris.
Their limited involvement is said to be due to conflicting projects, like Mark-Paul Gosselaar's series regular role on the ABC Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish. Speaking of that, one of MPG's other Instagram posts is a wrap photo for Mixed-ish Season 1:
He certainly looks different from Zack Morris in that pic! The Saved by the Bell revival will also bring back original cast members Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano). There will be some other surprising returns, but apparently not Lark Voohries as Lisa Turtle, which understandably hurt her feelings. John Michael Higgins also stars as the new Bayside High principal, replacing Mr. Belding.
According to the official synopsis for the Saved by the Bell revival, Zack Morris is now the governor of California and he lands in hot water for closing too many low-income high school. When he suggests sending the affected students to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High, the influx of new students “gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality.”
Stay tuned for a premiere date for the Saved by the Bell revival. NBCUniversal and Comcast's Peacock streaming service debuts April 15 on Comcast's Xfinity X1 before its national launch on July 15, 2020.