Bel-Air

Bel-Air will stream on Peacock, February 13

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A new trailer for “Bel-Air”, the dramatic reboot of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” dropped. Let’s talk about it.

dM and I have already gone on and on about how the Peacock streaming network has taken on the old NBC comedy, the Philly/Will Smith based “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and turned it into a drama, “Bel-Air”, based on Morgan Cooper’s short YouTube fan film from 2019.

Developed by Smith and Cooper, the overly serious reboot, starring West Philly/University of the Arts’ grad Jabari Banks, will get its debut airing right after the Super Bowl – that’s a prime introduction – at Peacock on February 13 with the episode “Dreams and Nightmares.” Is that named for the Meek Mill hit of the same name? Millie’s signature song? We’ll find out.

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What we knew going into the production was that a lot early in the show filming was done in Philadelphia on the QT and that its producers – Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television – bought up a load of local artists works (e.g. sculptor/mosaic muralist Ellen Tiberino) and their extended rights, for decorative purposes and local flavor.

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Well, the first long-form trailer for Bel-Air just dropped, and at three minutes, what seems to get captured from its Philadelphia origin story are a few scenes under the El with Jabari Banks on a bike (which could be right off Baltimore Avenue’s commercial district), what looks like a snap at Belmont Plateau (a Will Smith favorite) and several West Philly side streets from where Banks’ “Will” character hails.

It’s a trailer so it is a find it quick or lose it looksee, but, Philly’s in the mix for the first minute then, whoosh, we’re off to the hills and haughty homes of Bel-Air Cali. Looking forward to more drops, as well as a chat with the filmmakers – and the trailer does look very much like a film, with its cinematic vistas and rich cinematography.

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