James Avery, who Smith referred to in his article, played Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and died in 2013 at the age of 65.
As for Hubert, Smith surprised the cast when he revealed he had sat down with her for an “emotional reunion and candid conversation” that will be part of this upcoming special. Hubert played Vivian Banks for 74 episodes from 1990 to 1993, before Daphne Maxwell Reid took over the role until the end of the series.
The second pic features members of the main cast including Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey Butler), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks) and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz), who have all come together for a ‘family reunion on the set of the Banks house in this one-off special’ which was recorded today, September 10, 2020.In addition to hearing regulars from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series, this special will also include appearances, music and dancing.
While this reunion only lasts one night, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is rebooting with a darker, more dramatic tone. It’s being developed by Morgan Cooper, who produced a mock unlicensed trailer for a proposed reboot of Fresh Prince, and is being co-produced by Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal TV.
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