Mark-Paul Gosselaar, how dare you. How dare you sit there on your Franklin and Bash-encrusted throne opposite fellow 90s nostalgia-watch Breckin Meyer, carrying a regular sized cell phone, acting all like you’re better than the rest of us. Saved By The Bell “not a great show?” WELL. I’VE. NEVER.
No, I haven’t popped too many caffeine pills this morning, I’m just still reeling from the news that the king of to-camera asides himself, Zack Morris, was so quick to dismiss the waterfountain (get it? like watercooler, but for kids?) phenom that shot him to the B-level cable stardom he enjoys today.
Yahoo! TV snagged the juicy sound bite in a recent interview with MPG:
…To this day, Gosselaar can’t figure out why people are still so obsessed with the Bayside gang. In fact, he doesn’t think all that much of his TV launching pad: “It’s not a great show,” he admits.
“The writing is kind of hokey… it’s very much a piece of that time,” Gosselaar told us in an interview last week.
MPG, if Mr. Belding weren’t so busy groping hot young fangirls in Burbank karaoke bars, he would give you a punishment that would put you in line to spark zany hijinks (with a moral) FOR SURE.
Ahem. I know, right?
Speaking of…inappropriateness (although really, power to you, actor Dennis Haskins, you get yours), the former manager of Hot Sundae has two kids of his own now and isn’t so sure about what the youngins are watching these days:
“When my kids watch Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, some of these shows and the topics they bring up… I don’t know if I’m getting old, but I’m like, wow. They’re talking about dating and kissing and this and that… and they’re young! But I guess we were doing the same thing.”
Uh, YEAH…the Kelly/Zack/Slater/Jessie/and-later-Tori love quintet was as close to Sister Wives as TV got in the 90s. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. How else would I have taught my daughter about the dangers of messing with jocks and wearing glasses if not for those late-night-nursing-session-watch-a-thons during her most impressionable moments?
But like The College Years and The New Class, Mark-Paul wasn’t finished. He apparently subscribes to the Kirk Cameron school of teen heartthrob-ness, because after he slapped a generation across the face, he raised his hand and asked us to turn the other cheek:
So after wearing a badge on NYPD Blue and trying cases on Franklin & Bash, does Gosselaar want to go for the TV drama trifecta and play a doctor one day? If he does, he’d be following in some pretty handsome footsteps. “Yeah, I want to do the doctor thing, because I want to be George Clooney,” he says. “Clooney did many, many, many shows, and then he played a doctor, and that was it. I forget when Clooney wrapped up ‘ER,’ but I think I still have some time.”
Wait, wait…so Saved By The Bell was “not a great show” AND you’re the next George Clooney? Hokay, MPG. You work that frosted-haired Morris magic.
(and by the way, have you seen
Lisa Turtle Lark Voorhees lately? She looks…not the same.)