'Saved by the Bell': Where Are They Now?

Who can forget the fresh-faced students of Bayside High from the 1980s hit show "Saved by the Bell?"

Well, they are all grown up and having kids of their own. Just recently, one of the show's stars, Mario Lopez, now the host of "Extra," announced that VH1 has greenlighted a reality show following him and his pregnant girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, as they prepare for the birth of their child.

"Our audience has grown up with Mario. They have watched him go from a kid in a fictional high school to a man who has succeeded in many different facets in the TV business. We're thrilled that we get to be a part of his next transition into fatherhood," Jeff Olde, VH1's Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production, told "Extra."

VIDEO: Actor Dustin Diamond on what went on behind the scenes of "Saved by the Bell."

Indeed, a whole generation of teens and tweens grew up on the escapdes of Lopez, now 36, and his fellow Bayside students. "Bell," which premiered Saturday mornings in the late '80s and wrapped in 1994, also launched the careers of Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond.

While the show's squeaky-clean story lines were tame compared to today's teen hits like "Gossip Girl," the real lives of the cast members became fodder for the tabloids and gossip magazines.

Diamond, now 33, went from class geek to porn star when a 2006 sex tape of him and two women in wedding garb was released. In 2009, he released the tell-all book "Behind the Bell" about sexual escapades, drug use, and hardcore partying among cast members.

VIDEO: Mark Paul Gosselaar stars in the courtroom drama, "Raising the Bar."

It's no surprise that Diamond is no longer close to the cast. When the stars reunited for a People magazine cover shoot shortly before his book's release, Diamond was noticeably absent. The others have reportedly stayed in close touch.

Here's the latest on Lopez, Diamond and the others:

Mario Lopez/A.C. Slater

Mario Lopez may not have A.C. Slater's trademark parachute pants or jheri curl anymore, but that hasn't stopped him from keeping busy since he left Bayside.

Entertainment Weekly's website dubbed him one of the "scrappiest" people in show business after the announcement of his reality show.

Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater and now.


After reprising his role in the "Bell" college spinoff, Lopez starred in the USA Network series "Pacific Blue" and did a slew of hosting gigs. He made a TV comeback in 2006 after finishing second on "Dancing With the Stars," and hit Broadway in 2008 to star in "A Chorus Line." That same year, he was named permanent weekday host of "Extra" and published a fitness book showing how he got his famous abs.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar/Zack Morris

The golden boy of the show, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, now 36, had trouble saying goodbye to his character, prankster Zack Morris. He reprised his role for the college years spin-off, which lasted only one season, and the series' made-for-TV movies, including "Wedding in Las Vegas," in which Zach and Kelly (Thiessen) culminate their on-again-off-again romance in marriage.

Gosselaar returned to the spotlight in 1998's "Dead Man on Campus" but failed to gain momentum in Hollywood. After the short-lived TV series "Hyperion Bay," Gosselaar finally moved beyond Zack Morris when he took on the role of Detective John Clark on "NYPD Blue" from 2001 to 2005. "Blue" creator Steven Bocho cast him in his 2008 legal drama "Raising the Bar" on TNT, but the show lasted only one season.

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