“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” premiered on Lifetime on Monday. The TV movie, based on Dustin Diamond’s 2009 tell-all, “Behind the Bell,” unveiled secrets from the ‘90s set of “Saved by the Bell” – including Diamond’s first kiss.
Fans of “Saved by the Bell” will remember that Dustin Diamond played Screech, the lovable class geek. While his character brought the laughs, he didn’t exactly attract the women – and that’s something that bothered the teen on and off camera. Diamond begged producers to make Screech cooler, but they refused. Fortunately, they did agree to introduce a love interest for him.
Character Violet Anne Bickerstaff was brought on early in the series and appeared in a total of five episodes. The character was played by Tori Spelling and marked her first major role on television. She would later go on to star in another popular ‘90s series, “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” revealed that Diamond’s first kiss was with Spelling and that it happened on camera. Off-screen Diamond tried to pursue a romantic relationship with her. But when he tried to hit on her while giving a tour of the set, Spelling asked if he could introduce her to Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris.
Tori Spelling is not the only connection that “Saved by the Bell” has to “90210.” The Lifetime flick revealed that Jennie Garth was almost cast as Kelly Kapowski. Garth was eliminated when the role was narrowed down to Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley. Producers ultimately ended up casting Thiessen as Kelly and decided to create a role for Berkley – Jessie. Thiessen later went to join 90210 in 1994 as Valerie Malone.
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