‘Bel-Air’: ‘Fresh Prince’ Stars Daphne Maxwell Reid And Vernee Watson-Johnson To Guest-Star  — Here’s The First Look
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‘Bel-Air’: ‘Fresh Prince’ Stars Daphne Maxwell Reid And Vernee Watson-Johnson To Guest-Star — Here’s The First Look

Two of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s cast members will guest star in Bel-Air season 1, Shadow and Act has confirmed.

Daphne Maxwell Reid and Vernee Watson-Johnson will both guest star.

Maxwell Reid will play “Helen” and Vernee Watson-Johnson will play “Janice,” members of the Art Council Board of Trustee. They will appear in episode 9, which debuts March 24 on Peacock.  Maxwell Reid played Aunt Viv and Vernee Watson-Johnson played Viola “Vy” Smith in the original series.

Bel-Air is currently streaming on Peacock, with new episodes dropping each Thursday The season one finale premieres Thursday, March 31 on Peacock.  

The official description of the series reads:

Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.

The series is out of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television. It is based on the viral concept trailer from Morgan Cooper released in 2019. Peacock won a buzzy bidding war for the series after Smith contacted Cooper and wanted to develop the project. The NBCUniversal streamer already has a two-season order for the series.

The co-showrunners are T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. Cooper is directing and is the co-writer and executive producer. Exec producers are Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy & Susan Borowitz.


Check out images from episode 9 below:

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Photo: Peacock
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