HBO Max has managed to land not one, but two reunion specials of beloved ’90s sitcoms. The streamer has really cornered the market on TV nostalgia, and today we’ve got a one-two punch of updates on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion and the long-awaited Friends reunion special. HBO Max has released The Fresh Prince reunion trailer, which shows Will Smith reuniting with the Banks family on the set of the old family living room. The trailer is full of laughs and fond memories, and will keep our nostalgia banks full until the Friends reunion finally begins filming in 2021, as star Matthew Perry has confirmed.
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We’ve been following the news about Bel-Air, a dramatic reimagining of Will Smith‘s 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, for over a year. Now, the new reboot finally has a home.
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, has just given the upcoming drama series a two-season order – something Smith calls “unprecedented” since the order was granted based on a pitch. (Though that viral short film probably helped.) Watch Smith reveal the news in a new video below.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air team is getting back together for HBO Max. A Fresh Prince reunion special featuring Will Smith and other members of the cast will gather in September to record the special, which will “feature music, dancing and some surprise guests.” The special will then air on HBO Max in time for Thanksgiving.
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Now this is a story all about how the sitcom premise of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air got flipped-turned upside down. Yes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting the inevitable reboot, but it won’t be as a sitcom again — this time, things are taking a turn for the dramatic.
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Over three years ago, rumors were swirling about Will Smith‘s production company developing a possible The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot that would have put “a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series.” However, once Smith finally got asked about the project, he said a reboot of the NBC sitcom that he led back in the 1990s would probably happen “when hell freezes over.” Well, the devil might want start shopping for a winter coat.
In a recent profile on Will Smith’s overall success in show business, a little detail is buried that mentions the actor’s new Westbrook production banner is working on a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off series. Read More »
You’ve heard the story all about how Will Smith‘s life got flipped turned upside down. But now we’d like to take a minute, just sit right here, to show you how The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would have turned out if it was a serious cable drama instead of a network sitcom. That doesn’t rhyme, but just sit down and watch this impressive fanmade Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot trailer. Read More »
You know all about how the fictional Will Smith’s life got flipped, turned upside down in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but it’s easy to forget that real-life Hollywood superstar Will Smith’s life took just as dramatic a turn. Before he became one of the biggest sitcom stars of the ’90s — and shortly after, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood —Will Smith was just one-half of a rap duo who had the biggest flop of their short-lived career. Broke, humiliated, and in trouble with the IRS, Smith didn’t even consider getting into acting. Until he met the real-life Prince of Bel-Air.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Saturday Night Live does a new rendition of the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that doesn’t turn out quite as well for Will Smith‘s character. Plus, learn about the first TV superhero named Captain Video, and listen to Roger Deakins talk about making Blade Runner 2049. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is following fellow ’90s family sitcoms Full House and Boy Meets World back to the small screen. Will Smith is reportedly working on a modern-day revival of his early hit show, albeit only as a producer and not as a star. Get all the details on the Fresh Prince reboot after the jump. Read More »
Kagan McLeod created this illustration featuring the mant actors and actresses from the past years of multi-camera sitcom history. How many of the 50 characters do you reccognize? Answer key on the National Post.