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Details on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special
ALSO: Schwarzenegger is coming to TV. AND: The Stand trailer
Remember how HBO Max was supposed to debut with a Friends reunion. Apparently that has been stalled because of the stupid virus. And yet somehow they are moving ahead with an on-stage West Wing reunion special and now…
Fresh Prince cast reunites
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (boy, nothing ages you more as a person than having to type that line), cast members Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and Alfonso Ribeiro will reunite for an unscripted reunion special. Fret not fans - DJ Jazzy Jeff will also be part of the taping.
It’ll be recorded on Sept 10, with it streaming on HBO Max around Thanksgiving.
[Note: Much like The West Wing special, there is no announcement from Australian pay provider Foxtel which has the HBO output deal in Australia - usually if they have the rights a media release comes out mid morning. But we’ve heard nothing from Foxtel about the West Wing, which makes me assume these specials aren’t included in the deal.]
Arnie finally comes to TV
Seriously, what has taken Arnold Schwarzenegger so long to do what so many other big-name actors started doing a decade ago? The big guy will star in a new global action adventure TV show about a father/daughter spy team. Scorpion creator Nick Santora will create, develop, and EP the series which will be showrun by a different writer.
The show is being produced by Skydance and will be shopped around to streamers soon. Casting is underway for the daughter.
(Wouldn’t it be just grand if fellow-True Lies star and former on-screen daughter Eliza Dushku was cast?)