Saved by the Bell will honor their late co-star, Dustin Diamond, in the Season 2 premiere of the Peacock revival series, as well as his iconic character, Samuel “Screech” Powers.
In an interview with Variety, executive producers Tracey Wigfield and Franco Bario revealed the tribute will be included in the first episode.
Get all the details below.
Getting the Gang Back Together
The series is planning to honor both Diamond and Screech in a scene that reunites all of the original cast, including Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski-Morris), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris), Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Jessie Spano), and Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle).
Though Diamond wasn’t in the first season of the revival, the producers knew they wanted to do something special to honor the star after he passed away earlier this year following a short battle with lung cancer.
“I didn’t know him and I hadn’t met him. [But] just thinking about it as a fan, I knew we wanted to do more than just putting a picture of him up at the end,” Wigfield shared.
The Original Cast Was Adament About Honoring Him
After Diamond’s passing in February 2021, Bario and Wigfield consulted with the rest of the cast to see what they wanted to do about acknowledging his death, as well as Screech’s.
“It would have been wrong to not acknowledge that in a real way and to not have our OG characters mourning this character that we’ll never get to see again. That, I wanted to put on the screen, but I just wanted to make sure we were being as sensitive as possible,” Wigfield explained.
“There was a real guy who had people who loved him. You don’t want to make any jokes or talk about it in any way that might hurt anyone’s feelings.”
The Opener Will Also Honor Him
The Season 2 premiere, which is set to air on November 24, will also begin with a montage video of Screech clips.
Bario acknowledged they carefully chose which clips they wanted to air, as they wanted to remember how important Screech was to the show.
“A lot of what Screech was is known for was being the butt of a joke or being an outrageous character, and what we were hoping for was using the clips to show how important he was to the show, but also to the other characters in the show,” Bario shared.