Honoring his legacy!
Diamond tragically died on February 1 at age 44 just three weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Showrunner Tracey Wigfield explained that although she never met Diamond, she “knew we wanted to do more than just putting a picture of him up at the end.”
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“At the beginning of this season, we already were coming into writing season 2 [where] obviously Dustin was one thing, but we also were like in a pandemic and in general in the first episode, everyone was feeling the same sense of everyone understands how heavy this last year has been,” she said. “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.”
Wigfield made sure to note the tribute to Diamond will be “as sensitive as possible,” adding, “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.”
Selected clips of Screech will be input into the second season of the reboot. “A lot of what Screech was 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 detailed.
Season 2 of Saved by the Bell premieres November 24 on Peacock.