Tatyana Ali is headed back to Bel-Air…
The 41-year-old half- Afro-Panamanian actress and her fellow The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast mates are coming together for a reunion special on HBO Max.
Ali and the gang will reunite for the unscripted special to celebrate 30 years since the sitcom first aired.
Ali, Will Smith, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro, as well as the recurring DJ Jazzy Jeff, will tape the special on September 10. It’ll be exactly 30 years to the day that the show premiered on NBC.
Created by Andy and Susan Borowitz, the series originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The series starred Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy uncle and aunt in their Bel-Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown. However, his lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his upper-class relatives.
The special, which will be produced by Westbrook Media, will launch on HBO Max around Thanksgiving. The streamer has the exclusive SVOD rights to the full series, which spans 148 episodes across six seasons, and has been airing it since its launch in May.
The reunion will look back at the series, as well as its overall cultural impact.
The gang will return for a night of music, dancing and surprise guests. Marcus Raboy will direct the special, which 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.
It marks the latest development for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, coming a few weeks after it emerged that the comedy is getting the drama treatment.
Bel Air is an hour-long take on the series based on a short fan film from Morgan Cooper. The project, from Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television, is understood to still be in a competitive situation, down to a couple of streamers.