In an exclusive announcement on his social handles this morning, Will Smith released the trailer for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion from Westbrook Media and revealed that the special will debut on HBO Max on Thursday, November 19.
In the unscripted special, Smith is joined by series regulars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro as well as recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff for a family reunion on set in the Banks’ home for a look back at the groundbreaking show.
Taped on the 30th anniversary of the original series premiere date, Smith also sat down with Janet Hubert, who originated the role of Aunt Viv, for the first time in 27 years for an emotional reunion and a candid conversation.
As previously announced, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion will be a funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and a look at the cultural impact the series has had since its debut 30 years ago. HBO Max is the exclusive SVOD home of the full original series library in the US, debuting on the platform when it launched in May.
Marcus Raboy (Laugh Aid, Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?) directs the special, which is executive produced by Rikki Hughes, who also serves as showrunner, as well as Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser, James Lassiter, and Brad Haugen for Westbrook Media. Raphael Saadiq serves as executive music producer.
You can watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion below and read on for more HBO Max news.
Beginning Thursday, November 26, cozy up with HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas. Sam Dean (Love is Blind) showruns and Natasha Rothwell (Insecure) narrates this holiday dating series set in a stunning winter wonderland.
12 Dates follows three hopelessly romantic singles Faith, Chad and Garrett on their journey to meet that special someone to bring home for the holidays. The eight-episode series will drop three episodes on Thanksgiving, three more episodes on December 3 and the final two episodes on December 10.
The romance begins at a fairytale castle in Austria where ten magical wintery dates await – from ugly sweater parties and an intriguing masquerade ball to après-ski activities, these dates are sure to send temperatures soaring. As in all great rom-coms, our romantic leads’ paths to love won’t be easy.
Just as they make connections, new love interests arrive, adding plenty of twists, turns – and hopefully – holiday cheer. Along the way, they’ll face regular elimination ceremonies, complicated blasts from the past and no shortage of conflicting emotions. After bringing someone home for the holidays, they must decide whether to commit or walk away forever by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
12 Dates of Christmas is produced by Objective Media Group America, an All3Media America company with Jilly Pearce and Layla Smith serving as Executive Producers.
The show was created by Michael Beilinson, with Sam Dean as Showrunning Executive Producer and Suzy Ratner as Co-Executive Producer.
And last but not least, HBO Max will launch two Craftopia winter spectaculars Thursday, Nov. 26. You can watch the trailer for the specials below.
Each one will be sure to inspire and excite through crafting challenges, super special guests, and a mind-blowing holiday-themed studio set where “Craftestants” fill up their carts with an endless supply of the best materials to compete for a cash prize.