“Bel-Air” Reimagining Loses Showrunner

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Showrunner Chris Collins (“The Wire,” “Sons of Anarchy”) has exited Peacock’s dramatic series update of the classic sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson (“The 100,” “The Chi”), Collins’ two top lieutenants, are taking over as co-showrunners as the Will Smith-produced series is reportedly going in a slightly different creative direction.

The project is inspired by Morgan Cooper’s viral video from March 2019 which got the go-ahead as a series last year with a two-season order at the streamer.

Collins was set to co-write the scripts alongside Cooper, the latter remains on board as a writer, director and co-executive producer. The split was said to be mutual, and those involved “remain happy with the material Collins delivered”.

The series has not yet begun casting. Smith, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina and original series creators Andy and Susan Borowitz executive producing.

Source: THR

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