Peacock made the announcement on Monday at the NewFronts (aka the Upfronts for new media), while also claiming that its dramedic reboot of the 1990s sitcom has “shattered every Peacock record for new subscribers, usage, and upgrades.”
No specific viewership numbers were touted, other than the fact that Bel-Air, which debuted with three episodes on Super Bowl Sunday, has “reached” eight million accounts to date.
TVLine readers gave Season 1 an average grade of “A”; Season 2 is on track to premiere in 2023.
Inspired by pilot director and executive producer Morgan Cooper’s viral trailer, Bel-Air imagines The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air by way of a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.
The cast includes newcomer Jabari Banks as Will, Adrian Holmes as Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks, Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey, Jordan L. Jones as Jazz and Simone Joy Jones as Lisa.
“We’re elated at the positive response to Bel-Air and that this passionate audience quickly solidified the series into the cultural zeitgeist,” Susan Rovner, Chairman of Entertainment Content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “Week after week, Bel-Air captivated audiences with buzzy cliffhangers and stunning ensemble performances, led by the unmatched Jabari Banks. We can’t wait for what’s in store for Season 2.”