Mario Lopez Teases Saved by the Bell Reboot: 'It's a Little Edgier' but 'Not Naughty'



Original characters such as Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris, Elizabeth Berkley’s Jessie Spano and Tiffani Thiessen’s Kelly Kapowski are also set to return alongside new cast additions such as Mitchell Hoog, who will play Morris' son Mac, as well as Belmont Cameli, who will play Jamie Spano (son of Jessie Spano).

Some of the new characters on the show will be played by newbies Josie Totah, Haskiri Velazquez, Dexter Darden and Alycia Pascual-Pena.

In the reboot, Gosselaar’s character is now the governor of California and he finds himself in trouble when he decides to close down many low-income high schools in the state and send the students to higher-performing schools instead, including Bayside.

"The old gang's gonna be back together, the new cast we have is great and very creative," Lopez said. "It was like we picked up where we left off."

There will be some notable absences from the cast however, including Dustin Diamond’s Screech and Lark Voorhies’ Lisa Turtle. Both previously spoke out about not being included in the reboot.

And for Lopez, who is filming Access Hollywood, Access Daily and All Access from his "geographically convenient" new set (a.k.a. his backyard), giving back to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic is extremely important to him.

"Right now there are more people in need than ever," he shares. "This is a time when we really need to come together and try to help each other out."

Lopez, who has worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for years, is doing what he can to help raise money in the fight against the current health crisis by joining the organization and their joint campaign with goPuff, which is pledging to match donations up to $1 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs COVID-19 Relief Fund.

"Any chance I get to support them I want to take advantage of," he shares. "Especially when it's an important time like right now."

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