Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.Mark-Paul Gosselaar's new TV series "Franklin & Bash" premieres on Wednesday, June 1 on TNT. Gosselaar plays half of a duo of young lawyers with slightly unorthodox methods of getting the job done. It's the second legal series in a row for Gosselaar and yet most people still remember his school days as the class stud Zack Morris on "Saved by the Bell." In honor of his graduation to more mature roles, here's a look at what his fellow classmates are doing these days.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris
A post-"SBTB" Gosselaar did a string of TV movies and small parts before landing his first grown-up role succeeding another former child star, Rick Schroder, on "NYPD Blue." He stayed with the show until its end in 2005. Then he teamed up with Geena Davis for "Commander in Chief," went to Ohio for "John from Cincinnati" and landed at TNT on "Raising the Bar." That legal drama was great preparation for his current role on "Franklin & Bash."
Mario Lopez as Albert Clifford 'A.C.' Slater
Lopez also turned to a cop show to shake his "SBTB" image when he starred in "Pacific Blue" in 1998. A few years later Mario moved to daytime TV for a season of "The Bold and the Beautiful." But he wouldn't regain his celebrity status until his second place turn on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2006. Since then Lopez has become host extraordinaire, helming a wide variety of shows and events from his nightly duties on "Extra," to his weekly gig on "America's Next Best Dance Crew" and guest spots on "Live with Regis and Kelly." Lopez is also an avid boxer and has written three books on fitness and diet.
Dustin Diamond as Samuel 'Screech' Powers
It's pretty hard to shake a nickname like "Screech," as actor Dustin Diamond has proven. After "Saved by the Bell" Diamond did a series of guest roles and small parts but never managed to make a new name for himself. An appearance in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" and brief stints on "Celebrity Boxing 2" and "Celebrity Fit Club" and an alleged adult-only tape only seemed to solidify his has been status. These days Diamond can be found touring the country with his stand-up comedy act, but has yet to find that vehicle to stage his big time comeback. Perhaps he should follow in his co-stars footsteps and put on his dancing shoes.
Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski
Thiessen moved from one iconic role on "Saved by the Bell" to another one as Valerie Malone on "Beverly Hills, 90210." After that run came parts on "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place," "Fastlane," "Good Morning, Miami" and "What About Brian." But current TV fans know her as Mrs. Peter Burke on the USA hit "White Collar," now filming its third season. When she's not working, she spends time with her husband Brady Smith and their new baby girl Harper.
Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica 'Jessie' Myrtle Spano
Berkley didn't make great career choices after the end of "SBTB," not the least of which was the decision to play Nomi Malone in the NC-17 stripper movie "Showgirls." But she bounced back with roles in films like "The First Wives Club" and "Any Given Sunday," hosting duties on "Step It Up and Dance" and recurring roles on "The L Word" and "CSI: Miami." Currently Berkley is concentrating on her own project called "Ask-Elizabeth." Her website, workshops and recently launched Internet series center around a self-esteem building effort for young women. In the premiere episode she talked to a group of teenage girls about jealousy.
Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle
Voorhies moved to daytime after "Saved by the Bell" appearing on both "Days of our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." In the late '90s she joined the cast of "In the House" with LL Cool J and Kim Wayans. Voorhies also had a music career after founding the band Third Degree and appearing in numerous music videos for other acts like Boys II Men and Kenny Lattimore. In 2010 she released her first book, "Reciprocity" a new age romantic thriller. Perhaps her scheduled 2012 movie "Little Creeps" with "SBTB" co-star Dustin Diamond will giver her career a boost.
Watch Mark-Paul Gosselaar on "Franklin & Bash" on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central beginning June 1 on TNT.
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