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From it's humble beginnings as a show centered around a widowed Junior High School teacher in Indiana, titled "Good Morning Miss Bliss", to NBC's T-NBC lineup in 1989, Saved By The Bell seemed to be doomed from the start. Buried between cartoons in an untraditional Saturday-morning time slot, the teen sitcom wasn't expected to garner huge ratings. But the gang from Bayside High School in California had other plans in mind. Their characters, along with their innocent antics, won a loyal audience and created a cult-like following never enjoyed before by "PG" Rated Programming. "The first time we beat Bugs Bunny, we felt really good" says Dennis Haskins, who played ever patient principal Mr. Richard Belding on both the original series and the 1993-99 sequel titled "Saved by the Bell: the New Class". "And then we did a mall tour, and people chased the kids and ripped their clothes. That's when we knew we were a hit."

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar can currently be seen playing Detective John Clark on the series "NYPD Blue." Recent projects include the TV movies "Atomic Twister" and "Alikes" from 2002 as well as "The Princess and the Marine" and "Beer Money" from 2001. Mark-Paul Gosselaar also starred in the short-lived WB series "D.C." in early 2000. His TV movie "The Princess and the Marine" aired in February, 2001.

After six years as Bell's smart-alecky smooth talker Zack Morris, "I was struggling to get a job," Gosselaar, the son of Dutch emigres, told PEOPLE in 1998. He eventually won roles in The WB's short-lived 1998 series Hyperion Bay and a big-screen comedy of the same year, Dead Man on Campus. But his big breakthrough didn't come until this year, when he was offered a new beat, playing cop John Clark on NYPD Blue. Wed since 1996 to actress Lisa Ann Russell, 30, Gosselaar, 27, who lives just outside of Los Angeles, is relishing his new acting challenge. Now when he reports to the set, he says, "I get to carry a pistol."

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen has dropped the "Amber" from her name. She recently became engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo. She had a role in Woody Allen's movie "Hollywood Ending", after her 2001 series "Something About Tiffani" was not picked up by networks. Also, her 2001 series "Something About Tiffani" was not picked up by networks.

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen starred in the movies "The Ladies Man" and "Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th." She was also featured in the March, 2001, issue of "For Him Magazine."

Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez is currently one of the hosts of "The Other Half," a male version of "The View" talk show. He also starred in the recently cancelled series, "Pacific Blue," as well as the movies "Rikki the Pig" and "The Courier" which were out in 2001. He recently appeared on the TV shows "The Weakest Link," "Popular" and "Search Party."

Playing heartthrob A.C. Slater for five years, Lopez, 28, should have learned something about male-female relationships. This fall he gets to show how much on NBC's The Other Half, . He also recently produced a film starring girlfriend Ali Landry, 28--best known as the sexy Doritos girl. "I've always said I want to be the Bo Jackson of entertainment," he declares. "I want to do it all."

Elizabeth Berkley

Elizabeth Berkley appeared on several recent episodes of the series "Titus." She can also be seen in the 2002 movies "Detonator," "Roger Dodger" and "Cover Story" as well as 2001's "The Shipment" and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and the TV movie "The Elevator." She has also had recent guest roles on series such as "Grosse Pointe," "NYPD Blue" and "Jack & Jill."

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond is keeping busy with a stand-up comedy college tour and his band Salty the Pocketknife. He appeared on an episode of FOX network's "Celebrity Boxing" in which he defeated Ron "Horshack" Palillo from "Welcome Back, Kotter." He recently released an instructional video called "Dustin Diamond Teaches Chess." Current and recent projects include "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" in 2003, a "Weakest Link" appearance, "You'll Never Wiez In This Town Again," "Big Fat Liar," "Long Shot," "Jane White is Sick and Twisted" and "Made."

Lark Voorhies

Lark Voorhies' most recent project is the 2002 TV mini-series "Widows." She also had a role in the 2002 movie "Civil Brand." She appeared in several movies in 2001, including "How High," "Long Shot," and the TV movie "Fire & Ice." Recent TV guest appearances include parts on the series "Grown Ups" and "The Parkers."

Dennis Haskins

Dennis Haskins turned his focus to a number of movie roles after the demise of "Saved By The Bell: The New Class" in 2000. He has appeared in such movies as "The Stone Man," "An Ordinary Killer," "18," "Tangy Guacamole," "Max Keeble's Big Move" and "The Boy With the X-Ray Eyes." He has also had guest appearances on "The West Wing" and "The Practice."

Leanna Creel

Leanna Creel had a small role in the movie "The Cell" in 2000, and recently started the film production company Anomaly Productions. Her credits as a producer include the recent "Get Over It" and "But I'm a Cheerleader."

 

 

   
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