The cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are set to reunite at HBO Max in celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary.
Will Smith and the rest of the gang will reportedly take part in the unscripted special on HBO Max to celebrate the show’s three-decade milestone, with co-stars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro as well as DJ Jazzy Jeff all joining in on the celebrations.
Sadly, one notable absence is that of James Avery, who played Uncle Phil, as he died in 2013 following complications from open-heart surgery.
Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv in the original series, will also not take part in the reunion special as she left after season three and was replaced by Reid, who will be joining the reunion.
As being reported, Hubert’s exit was due to “creative differences,” and she had said that she would never reunite with the cast.
The special will be taped on September 10 – exactly 30 years to the day that the show premiered on NBC – and is set to be directed by Marcus Raboy and will be executive produced by Rikki Hughes, who will serve as showrunner, as well as Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser and Brad Haugen for Westbrook Media.
HBO Max described the special as “a funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and special surprise guests, in honour of the series that ran for six seasons and 148 episodes.”
The original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996.
In other Fresh Prince news, Smith is also executive-producing a dramatic reboot of the iconic ’90s sitcom with Universal TV.
This new series, which will potentially be titled Bel-Air, will apparently be a darker, grittier version of the original, as well as being based off Morgan Cooper’s viral parody trailer from 2019; Cooper will also serve as an executive producer.