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Fresh Prince Reunion Coming This Thanksgiving

The cast will be filming an unscripted special on September 10.


Will Smith and his The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-stars will be reuniting in mid-September to record an unscripted look back at the cultural impact the series has had since its debut. The special is set to tape on September 10, which would place the upcoming production as taking place literally 30 years after Fresh Prince first premiered on NBC in 1990.

The reunion special will air on HBO Max, and according to a release, will debut "around Thanksgiving." Returning cast members include Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Alfonso Riberio. Noticeably absent from the list is James Avery--who played family patriarch Philip Banks--who died in 2013. HBO Max is reportedly teasing additional "special surprise guests."

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Marcus Raboy (music videos for Ice Cube, Naughty By Nature, and countless artists since 1991) is attached to direct the special, with showrunner Rikki Hughes executive producing alongside Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser, and Brad Haugen for Westbrook Media.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Smith is also collaborating and helping shepherd Bel-Air, a dramatic re-interpretation of The Fresh Prince.

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