The dramatic reinterpretation of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is currently in the midst of its second season, with the season finale scheduled for April 27. This renewal announcement marks an important milestone for the show, which was initially given a two-season order back in 2020.
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In a fashion reminiscent of the original sitcom, “Bel-Air” revolves around the story of a teenager named Will, portrayed by Jabari Banks, who relocates from West Philadelphia to reside with his aunt and uncle in the affluent Los Angeles enclave of Bel-Air.
Joining Banks in the cast of the series are Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones, and Simone Joy Jones. Tatyana Ali, known for her role as the original Ashley Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” made appearances in Season 2 in a recurring guest role.
“Bel-Air” is produced by Universal Television in collaboration with Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios.
Season 2 boasted a lineup of guest stars that included Karrueche Tran, Saweetie, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Riele Downs, Jazlyn Martin, Brooklyn McLinn, Jerris DuPree, Al-Shabazz Jabateh, Nicholas Duvernay, Diandra Lyle, Justin Cornwell, and Reno Wilson.
The series draws inspiration from a viral video conceptualized by Morgan Cooper, envisioning the original sitcom as a dramatic series. Cooper is an executive producer of the show.
Carla Banks Waddles holds the roles of writer, executive producer, and showrunner, having assumed the showrunner position starting with Season 2. Additional executive producers include Anthony Sparks, Malcolm Spellman, original series star Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Benny Medina, Quincy Jones, Andy & Susan Borowitz, and TJ Brady & Rasheed Newson.