It looks like Lifetime has decided to start school a little early this year.
Before its premiere on Sept. 1, the network has released the first five minutes of the highly anticipated and already much-talked about The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. After barely giving us a real trailer, releasing the opening sequence on Facebook is an interesting way to capture viewers’ attention. Before the full title credits roll, we meet Zach, Screech, and the whole gang in a limo en route to what appears to be their first big public appearance after the premiere of Saved by the Bell. In that brief car ride, they question if anyone will even like the show—cute plot device since we obviously know what happens next. They don’t make Lifetime movies for unlikable people! (Murderers not included.)
Zach Morris—or rather Mark-Paul Gosselaar, or really Dylan Everett, the young Canadian actor taking on the part(s)—even has a signature moment of breaking the fourth wall and talking directly into the camera. That is until Screech (Sam Kindseth) takes over, confirming the rumors that the film will in fact be told from Dustin Diamond’s point of view. (It’s based on his book, Behind the Bell.)
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story airs on Lifetime on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.