Fresh Prince Reboot in Development, Will Smith on Board as Producer

Now, this is the story all about how The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air got flipped, turned upside-down. TVLine has learned exclusively thattheexploding revival crazeis expandingto includethe classic 90s sitcom, with original star Will Smithleading the charge (this time solely as a producer). According to multiple sources, Smiths production shingle,Overbrook Entertainment, is in the very early []

VIDEO: Alex Trebek Raps the Fresh Prince Theme — And It's Amazing -

Who would have guessed that Alex Trebek was a Fresh Prince fan? The typically buttoned-up Jeopardy ! host, who already showed off his freestyle skills last year, channeled his inner Will Smith to recite part of a verse of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song on the show. (The lyrics came up as part of a clue in the TV category.) Read the full article at .

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air': 5 times it tried to make you cry

Though you can still find it somewhere on TV just about any time of day, it's been 19 years since the final episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" debuted on May 20, 1996.The series that launched rapper Will Smith as an actor -- maybe you've heard of him? -- ran for six seasons on NBC. In that time, viewers came to love Will, an LA transplant from Philadelphia, who moved in with his wealthy aunt, uncle and cousins. (They also fell in love with the Carlton dance.)While it was a sitcom at heart, "The Fresh Prince" also tried fairly regularly to make those tuning in cry. Join Zap2it in looking back at five of the show's most emotional moments and see how long you can hold back your tears.1. Season 1, episode 6: 'Mistaken Identity'It was early in the first season when "Fresh Prince" decided to tackle important social issues like racial profiling. In...

SideReel Salutes Dads

Dads are pretty great, right? (Right.) Your dad is probably the coolest person you know! TV dads are a totally different deal, though. They run the gamut from the platonic ideal to the complete nightmare. In honor of Father's Day, SideReel's taking a moment to honor iconic TV dads, from the sublime (Uncle Phil) to the terrifying (Tony Soprano). Check out our list and then thank your lucky stars Tobias Fünke wasn't your role model.   King of the Hill : Hank Hill King of the Hill was probably the most naturalistic cartoon ever to grace the screen, and Hank Hill was its standard-bearer. As head of the household, he strove to be unambiguously normal, despite Bobby and Peggy's needs to stand out. His own father, Cotton, was everything he couldn't stand (profane, misogynistic, racist, and... well... shinless), and so, though he never quite understood Bobby, he always, always supported him—except when it came to Dog Dancing . That was every man for himself.     Friday Night Lights : Eric Taylor As James Poniewozik, Time 's television critic, once wrote , Kyle Chandler's portrayal of Coach Eric Taylor was "the How to Be a God Damn Man seminar." And really, it was. Though understated, Coach is fiercely loyal to his family (yes, even awful Julie), and also serves as a surrogate father to what seems like half of the football players in Dillon. He handles every obstacle with aplomb, and has already taken his place among the pantheon of perfect TV dads.       Arrested Development : Tobias Fünke And then there's Tobias Fünke. Both flamboyant and repressed, his self-absorbed whims are a perfect fit for the bizarre antics of his in-laws. He veers between forgetting he has a daughter and yearning for her respect—and in trying to achieve it uses means so totally repulsive, he only manages to drive her further away. Luckily for Maeby, raising oneself is probably better than being raised by a Never-Nude.       The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air : Uncle Phil There is a generation out there (and I know it, because it's mine) that wanted nothing more than to be Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air —and it had nothing to do with being able to perform the theme song. No, it was all thanks to Uncle Phil, the only real father-figure Will ever had, and the man who comforted him when he was rejected by his biological father. Tough yet fair, Uncle Phil knew when to indulge his family and when to tighten the reins, and, judging by the reactions to actor James Avery's death, Phil was inspirational in his approach to parenting.     Seinfeld : Morty Seinfeld Come on, the man owns a shirt that says "Number 1 Dad." So much of the time when talking about fathers on Seinfeld , we focus on Frank Costanza, but Barney Martin's Morty Seinfeld was a terrific addition to the ensemble in his own right. As vain and spite-driven as his son, he had dreams of political dominance (in the rarefied world of Miami old-person condo associations) and saw such a strong legacy in his invention of the beltless trenchcoat ("The Executive") that he derailed a chartered trip to Paris. Besides, his devotion to the Early Bird special rivals that of his devotion to his son, so we'd be remiss if we didn't mention him.     The Cosby Show : Cliff Huxtable Cliff Huxtable was probably the defining TV dad (and pudding pitchman) of the 1980s. His perfect, sweetly funny, be-sweatered family was the envy of America, and, per TV Guide , "single-handedly revived the sitcom genre." In the days of very-special-episode comedy, Cliff Huxtable was king of his fictional castle, and Bill Cosby was the king of the medium.       The Sopranos : Tony Soprano Premiering at the very tail-end of the '90s (seriously, it premiered January '99), The Sopranos launched the anti-hero-driven dramas of the 2000s, and Tony Soprano, effortlessly played by James Gandolfini, was the anti-hero of our time. Patriarch of the Sopranos and the DiMeo organization, Tony's life in both was complicated enough to spawn the brilliant first season tagline "If one family doesn't kill him, the other will."       Fringe : Walter Bishop Dr. Walter Bishop: actual genius, criminal genius, lover of hallucinogens, and father to two universes' worth of Peter Bishop. This is a man who crossed dimensional barriers to rescue his double's dying boy in order to save himself from despair. This act of fatherly love would be the catalyst for gruesome trans-universal crimes against humanity, a dimensional war, and a pretty damn bleak future, but he never regrets saving his son. Besides, all that LSD he ingested probably took the sting out of it.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of Her dad taught her everything she knows. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Producer Jeffrey Pollack Found Dead

Jeffrey Ian Pollack, a producer of Will Smith’s 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and director of 1997 Jamie Foxx comedy “Booty Call,” was found dead Monday morning in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 54. An autopsy is pending to determine cause of death, a spokesman from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner told TheWrap . A female jogger found Pollack’s unresponsive body, dressed in jogging clothing and equipped with an iPod nano playing the Eagles music, on the greenbelt near 30th Street, according to Easy Reader News . Hermosa Beach Police Department Captain Tommy Thompson told the outlet that although the cause of death has not yet been determined, foul play is not suspected.  Read More...

Justin Links Up With Alfonso For a Round of Golf

Justin Timberlake relaxed yesterday afternoon with a game of golf in LA. He's been chilling at home in California after spending Thanksgiving in Tennessee with Jessica Biel, though she's been busy working on her holiday charity projects. It seems like Justin is taking it easy for the time being, making time for nights out with friends and indulging his passion for sports. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 's Alfonso Ribeiro joined JT on the course, and it looks like they managed to enjoy a few laughs between holes. Source