Things were looking up for Mark-Paul Gosselaar. He’d worked his way back into our hearts by dressing up as Zack Morris on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, TNT finally let him cut his hair, and he was enjoying a successful New York run of The Understudy (read the EW review). Then, the aforementioned network had to go and pull his sophomore drama Raising the Bar, citing underwhelming ratings. But while audiences might not have been tuning in to watch M-PG make his case to the court, we think there is still life in him yet. So for our dear cupcake-feeding friend of PopWatch, we have compiled a list of suggestions for his next move.
1. Join the cast of Glee. If he wants to stay on TV, it’s time for M-PG to be on the other side of the classroom, and what better home for the Bayside alum than McKinley High? We know from his Zack Attack performance on Fallon that he has some musical ability, so why not hit the high notes alongside Mr. Schuster (Matthew Morrison)? Glee would also be a chance for Gosselaar to finally take off the suit and tie he’s worn on TV for the past 10 years and get back into the campy goodness that made him a star. Ryan Murphy, we know you have a soft spot for Saved By the Bell — that’s the only reason and the abs you would have put A.C. Slater on Nip/Tuck. How about opening up that hit-show-making heart for Mark-Paul?
2. Guest on Glee. We really like this idea.
What do you think? Should we start a campaign to get Gosselaar on Glee? Or do you have something else in mind? He’s a bit of a Patrick Dempsey: goofy charm, nostalgic street cred, boyish good looks. Maybe it’s time for a big-screen romantic comedy?
Photo credit: Gosselaar: Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd; Morrison: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX