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story.lead_photo.caption Caroline Chikezie (center) is among the cast of the new Fox drama The Passage.

Since his days playing charismatic teen Zack Morris on the '80s sitcom Saved By the Bell (1989-1992), Mark-Paul Gosselaar has popped up from time to time in made-for-TV movies like the classic 12 Dates of Christmas, as a guest star on TV series such as Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NYPD Blue, and as one of the stars of the amusing Franklin & Bash, in which he starred as a lawyer along with Breckin Meyer.

At 8 p.m. Monday, Gosselaar is back and starring in The Passage, an action drama series written by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights). It's based on author Justin Cronin's trilogy of the same name, and is executive-produced by Heldens, Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and writer/director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a girl (Saniyya Sidney, Hidden Figures) is chosen as a test subject, a federal agent (Gosselaar) is tasked with bringing her in, but soon becomes more like a surrogate father and determined to protect her at any cost.

The series also stars Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy), Caroline Chikezie (The Shannara Chronicles), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Murder in the First), Brianne Howey (The Exorcist), McKinley Belcher III (Ozark), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) and Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire).

Saniyya Sidney and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in The Passage on Fox

Style on 01/13/2019

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