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Peacock’s ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Brings in Its Fourth Showrunner

Now this is a story all about how Peacock’s Bel-Air continues to experience growing pains.   The dramatic update of Will Smith’s beloved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has changed showrunners again. This time, Carla Banks-Waddles has been promoted from co-exec producer to exec producer and showrunner for Bel-Air’s second season as part of her overall […]

‘Bel-Air’ Star Jimmy Akingbola on Why His Geoffrey is “More Jason Bourne” to the Original’s Roger Moore

With Bel-Air, Morgan Cooper’s gritty reimagining of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, landing on Peacock this weekend (and on Sky in the U.K.), all eyes are likely to be on Jabari Banks’ considerably more serious take on Will Smith’s wildly colorful original character (and perhaps Olly Sholotan’s less-dance-prone Carlton Banks). But there’s another firm fan […]

Events of the Week: ‘Bel-Air,’ ‘Marry Me’ and More

As Hollywood events slowly return to New York and Los Angeles following the recent surge of Covid-19 cases, here’s a look at the week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings, including red carpets for Bel-Air, Marry Me and Broadway show The Music Man. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Skate Night  Ahead of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s fourth-season […]

Where to Watch ‘The Fresh Prince’ Reboot ‘Bel-Air’ This Weekend

West Philly returns to the 90210 again in Bel-Air, the new dramatized reboot inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that debuts on Peacock this weekend. Based on the 2019 viral mock trailer by Morgan Cooper, the modern-day series stars Jabari Banks as Will Smith, a teen sent to live with his Uncle Phil and Auntie Viv […]

Peacock’s ‘Bel-Air’: TV Review

Morgan Cooper's viral 2019 mock trailer imagining a gritty dramatic take on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' is the basis for this new Peacock series.

This Week in TV: Super Bowl LVI, ‘Inventing Anna,’ ‘Bel-Air’

The biggest TV day of the year arrives this week: Super Bowl Sunday, with its big-budget ads, star-packed halftime show and the football game that surrounds all of it. Between that and the ongoing Winter Olympics, Feb. 9-15 is somewhat light on network and cable debuts, but there are a healthy number of streaming series […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Bel-Air’ Star Jabari Banks on How He’s Putting a “Fresh” Spin on an Iconic Namesake

Jabari Banks calls his road to Bel-Air, Peacock’s dramatic take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a combination of hard work and “just being lucky.” Playing a character named Will Smith — a young Black teen who goes to live with his aunt Vivian Banks’ family in California, after getting into a not-so-little fight that […]

Los Angeles Filming Sets All-Time Quarterly Record

After soaring to highs in the third quarter not seen since 2018, production in Los Angeles set an all-time quarterly record to end 2021. Most of the previous year saw substantially more production than 2020, which mustered just 18,933 shoot days, a 48 percent decline from 2019 and the lowest annual number that local film […]

‘Bel-Air’: Watch the Trailer for Peacock’s Dramatic ‘Fresh Prince’

This isn’t Will Smith’s Bel-Air. Peacock has released the first full-length trailer for its upcoming dramatic take on the beloved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The nearly three-minute clip offers the first actual footage from the series after the NBCUniversal-backed streamer previously debuted a stylish take on the comedy’s original theme song. Inspired by Morgan Cooper’s […]

‘Bel-Air’ Teaser Puts a Dramatic Spin on ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot

Like the viral video that inspired it, Peacock’s Bel-Air is leaning into the dramatic side of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s premise. The series, based on Will Smith’s 1990s NBC sitcom, released its first teaser Tuesday, featuring Smith giving a dramatic reading of some of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song’s lyrics. It features […]

Peacock’s ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reboot Rounds Out Cast

Peacock’s dramatic spin on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has found its Banks family. The NBCUniversal streaming platform has filled out the regular cast of Bel-Air, based on a 2019 short by Morgan Cooper that went viral. Cooper and Will Smith, who starred in the 1990s NBC comedy, are executive producing. The nine actors cast […]

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Drama Update at Peacock Changes Showrunners (Exclusive)

Not one but two showrunners have moved out of Bel-Air. Peacock’s drama update of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has parted ways with original showrunner Chris Collins as sources say the Will Smith-produced series is going in a slightly different creative direction. Collins, who departed in December, was replaced earlier this year by Diane Houston […]