The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Is Back -- And Grittier Than Ever
Reader, have you ever watched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and found yourself thinking “… why isn't this a gritty drama?” Have you ever wished that Aunt Viv busting a move was a heartfelt, choreographed interpretative dance expressing every last ounce of her heartbreak and sorrow? Did you secretly hope that once, just once, Jazz would give an Emmy-worthy Shakespearian monologue before getting thrown out of the Fresh Prince house? Well, it may have only taken a quarter of a century, an Airbnb popup, and several glorious, glorious instances of people calling Christian TV shows to share their story … that is really just The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, but it seems your hyper-specific wish is finally coming true.
Earlier this week, Peacock, NBC's streaming service, has apparently decided to expand their offerings beyond charging people $49.99 per year to watch The Office for the 75th time, dropping the trailer for the reboot of the beloved sitcom – this time, reimagined as an hour-long drama, entitled Bel-Air. Featuring newcomer actor Jabari Banks and Will Smith on board as an executive producer of the series, the show is a steep tonal departure from its lighthearted source material, described as "a new, dramatic take on Will's complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air," according to the show's YouTube description.
"As these two worlds collide, Will ... reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he's ever known." So, folks, here's to the latest ‘90s reboot. Let’s hope it's a good one – please, our childhood is riding on this.
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