You’ve probably seen the headlines, and are aching to know if it’s true: is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air really coming back to television? If only it were as simple as saying yes… there are a few things that still need to be considered before lights go green. Still, it is very true, a new version of The Fresh Prince is very much in the works, and producers are mulling ideas, hearing pitches and looking at treatments and story outlines now. Here are six things you need to know about Will and the gang.
6. TV Green Lighting Can Take Forever
When media reports suggest that something is “coming back” to TV, it’s premature, 99 percent of the time. The TV green lighting process can take forever. From pitch to pilot, sometimes it takes years to make things happen. Just because all parties are willing, there is so much more to consider. This begins and ends with the money. Yes, taking a show like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and bringing it back in some capacity… that’s going to score some phat cash from advertisers if you know what I’m saying Uncle Phil… You know? You know!? (R.I.P Uncle Phil/James Avery.) Taking the most recent Netflix revival of Full House, this is something that had been talked about seriously for five to seven years. It can take awhile to get everything to fall into place. Here’s to hoping that all ideas streaming from the heads of writers are pure gold.