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Back to Bel-Air

When Will Smith saw Morgan Cooper's concept trailer, "My mind exploded with possibility," he says. The result: a reimagining of Smith's classic '90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as the contemporary Peacock drama, Bel-Air — now with a wider, wiser view of what it means to be Black.

By Malcolm Venable
Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson

As the '70s sitcom marks its fiftieth anniversary, it's worth recalling how this funny series broke serious ground.

Monica Raymund

Monica Raymund “just knew” she was meant for the lead on Starz’s Hightown — to their credit, the producers agreed. No surprise, this TV natural has now taken to directing.


With the TV tuned to romantic movies in her parents' home during the holidays, producer Gloria Calderón Kellett wondered why all the people falling in love on screen were white. Before you could say ¡Feliz Navidad!, the writer-producer known for her Latinx twist on One Day at a Time was in production with her own inclusive, holiday-themed series, With Love.



As its forty-somethings reclaim their royal rank in hip-hop, ABC's Queens flips the script on outdated notions about women and the music business. "This industry can make you stop," says Eve, who stars with Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez. "I've gone away and come back. But we represent overcoming."


Almost twenty years before the country’s #MeToo reckoning, news of an affair between a U.S. president and an intern rocked the nation. Now, with Impeachment: American Crime Story unfurled on FX, viewers can reconsider the events that left the women involved reeling from cultural and legal assaults.

Taking over a studio during a pandemic is a job for only the calm and cool-headed. And that’s how colleagues describe Erin Underhill, who became president of Universal Television just before Covid began to surge last winter.

Finally able to enjoy the Emmys in person, nominees, presenters, and winners shared their joy in Robert Ascroft's emmy magazine set.

Small towns across America are feeling the power of We’re Here, the HBO series that aims to change hearts and minds by asking locals to perform in drag.

Leslie Jones is fired up for Supermarket Sweep, where she’s hosting a second season. She “loves giving away money,” says the former SNL fave. “I love the happiness.”

Whether he won or not, Conan O'Brien was determined to have a good time at this year's Emmy awards.

The 73rd Emmy Awards primetime show had glamor, glitz, and a lot of fun.

In the wake of 9/11, the U.S. faced another unexpected terror — this one, delivered by the mail. Now, in a new season of Nat Geo’s The Hot Zone, Daniel Dae Kim delivers as the dogged FBI agent on the trail of the anthrax killer.

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