Original ‘Saved by the Bell’ stars to recollect late co-star Dustin Diamond and ‘Screech’ in upcoming season

Dustin Diamond died in February 2021. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Dustin Diamond died in February 2021. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

When the brand new season of Saved by the Bell arrives this month, followers will lastly see Bayside High School graduates mourn their late classmate, Samuel “Screech” Powers.

The actor who performed the character on the unique present — plus the sequence that got here earlier than (Good Morning, Miss Bliss) and after (Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell: The New Class and two TV films concerning the gang) — died Feb. 21. Diamond, 44, had been identified with lung most cancers simply three weeks earlier than.

Showrunner Tracey Wigfield instructed Variety on Monday that the staff has written a scene that includes the ’90s present’s core characters — Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris, Tiffani Thiessen’s Kelly Kapowski, Lark Voorhies’s Lisa Turtle, Elizabeth Berkley’s Jessie Spano and Mario Lopez’s A.C. Slater — speaking concerning the lack of their buddy. They’ll do it on the Max, in fact.

“I didn’t know him and I hadn’t met him,” Wigfield instructed the media outlet. “Just thinking about it as a fan, I knew we wanted to do more than just putting a picture of him up at the end.”

Diamond didn’t seem within the first season of the revival, though the opposite actors all did. Still, producer Franco Bario mentioned he had instructed Diamond earlier than the primary season of the reboot aired that Screech could be included within the second batch of episodes.

When Diamond died, Wigfield mentioned they knew they needed to do one thing in an already heavy season that makes reference to the pandemic.

“It would have been wrong to not acknowledge that in a real way and to not have our OG characters mourning this character that we’ll never get to see again,” Wigfield mentioned. “That, I wanted to put on the screen, but I just wanted to make sure we were being as sensitive as possible. There was a real guy who had people who loved him. You don’t want to make any jokes or talk about it in any way that might hurt anyone’s feelings.”

Bario famous that they had been additionally very selective when selecting the clips that they’re going to use to pay tribute to Screech.

“A lot of what Screech was is known for was being the butt of a joke or being an outrageous character,” he mentioned. “And what we were hoping for was using the clips to show how important he was to the show, but also to the other characters in the show.”

Lopez teased in May that the present was planning “something special” for Diamond, with whom he had remained shut over time, at the same time as Gosselaar and others didn’t.

The second season of Saved by the Bell premieres Wednesday, Nov. 24 on Peacock.


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