Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review Friday: Peter Engel Was 'Saved By the Bell'

The legendary Peter Engel (you know him as executive producer and creator of Saved by the BellLast Comic Standing, and much more), now in his eighties, has recently released his memoir titled I Was Saved by the Bell filled with energy, candor, wisdom and positivity.

His decades of experience in the television industry inspires those chasing their own dreams, and the grace with which he has overcome personal challenges resonates with us all. 

And who doesn’t remember watching this show every Saturday morning- goofy, funny, silly, happy, sad, heart-breaking.

I got to meet Mark-Paul Gosselaar a few years ago for a new show, and the first thing I said to him was: “I loved you on Saved by the Bell.” He laughed and hugged me, he was a total sweetie.

Read about Engel’s favorite moments of his life – from showbiz to personal accomplishments, fun behind the scenes glimpses into his popular work, including Saved by the Bell, entertaining stories of his most memorable encounters with famous figures throughout the times.

Peter Engel, one of the most prolific producers in television with more than 1,000 episodes produced under his banner, single handedly created the teen sitcom with Saved By The Bell, which he executive produced through all of its many incarnations, and which led to his many other teen series, including California DreamsHang TimeCity Guys, and USA High. As if defining and conquering the teen arena wasn't enough, Engel produced the iconic Last Comic Standing, enabling the discovery of an entirely new, fresh generation of comedians.

All of this would be more of a career than any producer could ever dream of having, and with more than 50 years in the television industry, Engel has forgotten more than most will ever know. Engel’s life and work touched and inspired an entire “Bell” generation, whose values and views of a diverse world were shaped by the stories and plain old fun of Peter’s shows.

I Was Saved by the Bell can be purchased from, and through all major booksellers.

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