Aw, Hell No!
The cast of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air will reunite for an unscripted HBO Max special celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the show.
The reunion will consist of Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, with “special guests” to be announced.
At least Uncle Phil won’t have to endure this nonsense as, sadly, James Avery, who played Phillip “Uncle Phil” Banks, died in 2013.
According to the press release, the special will make for a –
“funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and special surprise guests,”
The Fresh Prince originally ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996, and in the process made a huge star out of Smith, ultimately leading to him landing a number of prominent movie roles.
Smith’s Westbrook Media is producing the reunion special, and recently, they signed on to produce a dramatic reboot of the series titled Bel-Air, inspired by a viral video from Morgan Cooper that reimagined the original series as a drama.
Bel-Air will be an hour-long retelling of the comedy and will highlight the plight of Black men in America today. A Universal spokesperson described the drama as –
“Bel-Air is a one-hour, dramatic retelling of the beloved ’90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, that leans into the original premise of Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined version, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show,”
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air anniversary special will air on HBO Max in time for Thanksgiving.