Peacock’s reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will premiere on February 13, 2022, AKA Super Bowl Sunday. NBCUniversal did not provide an exact time of day, however.
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The reboot of Fresh Prince, simply titled “Bel-Air,” is touted as a “dramatic analogue” of the original Will Smith series, but with an hour-long episode and a more serious tone that explores “inherent conflict, emotion and prejudice.”
To be fair, even though it’s a sitcom, the original series has already covered some pretty serious issues like absent fathers, gun violence, sexual agency, and multi-generation racism.
Bel Air showrunners TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson previously said the series would stay true to the roots of the original while bringing them into the modern age.
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“At its core, Bel-Air is a coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength and love of the Black family,” the couple said in a statement. “We stayed true to the original premise of the Legacy series – Will’s life will be turned upside down after leaving West Philly and ending up in Bel-Air with its fenced mansions and wealth, but our new series brings Will and the Banks Family into the world as we know it today. Bringing these iconic characters to life when you connect them to the cultural pulse of our time was incredible. The series has been the fabric of so much of our upbringing, memories and the joy of seeing us represented on television, so it is important for us to pay tribute to its legacy. “
Bel-Air will also have a brand new cast, with newcomer Jabari Banks in the role of Will.
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