Will this fantastic audience-favorite series return for a third season? Here is everything we currently know about
Season 3 of Bel-Air.
After the premiere of the second season finale, “Don’t Look Back,” a few hours ago, we are certain that one thing that is rapidly being questioned across social media is whether the beloved reimagined version of the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be back for another season or not. If you are wondering the same, then we can assure you that you are not alone in debating the fate of the show.
After all, who does not want to see more of Will Smith’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air? So, to clear up any more raging rumors, we at Web News Observer have put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the future status of the much-awaited third season of Bel-Air.
Continue reading to know if the series has been renewed or canceled.
Bel-Air Season 3: Is it renewed or canceled?
Worry not, Bel-Air fans!
The series isn’t going anywhere and will be back for its third chapter much sooner than anticipated as the network gave the series an early renewal back in March 2023, which is exciting news for the fandom as it seems like the schedule for the production of the new season was already in place for months, which makes the timing of its release even easier to predict. Even though the prospective premiere date for the third season has yet to be acknowledged.
We can consider the renewal to predict that the potential release date of Bel-Air Season 3 might happen sometime around early February 2024 at the same designated time slot of 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT on Peacock, just like the prior two seasons which had a longer hiatus. We would like to highlight that, at this point in time, this is just speculation and can only happen if the production starts on a proper schedule.
Until there is any formal confirmation, we would suggest that fans keep a close eye on the social media handles of the network to learn about any new updates and developments. Take a look at the official renewal announcement below, as shared on the official Instagram handle, quoting, “The family isn’t done yet. Bel-Air Season 3 is coming. Season 2 of #BelAirPeacock is now available on Peacock.”
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Bel-Air Season 3: What to expect in the new season?
There’s no question that the next season will pick up right from the final episode, where the viewers got to see that the Banks family comes together for the announcement of the Founder’s Award, and Will embraces moving forward in an unexpected way. The plot ended with a major concluding note for the story to pick right up from there without any unnecessary years gaps for diverging the plot into something new, which it truly doesn’t deserve at this point in the show.
We’ll just have to wait for the synopsis of the third season to get the complete picture which will be released later. To be honest, not much has been revealed about the third season, but as we are going to step into the third season, in an exclusive interview with thedailybeast.com, Sholotan talked about Carlton’s future.
He stated that he has never envisioned anything fatal happening to Carlton, even though his character is particularly involved with drugs and alcohol, quoting, “At the end of the day, it’s about telling the story,” he says. “And I know that no matter what decision the writers make, I trust them to tell an incredible story. So I’m willing to put myself and my character’s life in their hands. “Also, thank you for putting this fear in the pit of my soul,” he laughs.
Sholotan also added that he’s excited to see Carlton “in recovery.” With the exception of getting rid of his classmate Connor, who was included in the infamous N-word tape that circulated the school this season, he doesn’t have many more specific goals for his character. “Get him away from Connor,” Sholoton quickly says. “Please, bro. I love Tyler [Barnhardt], the actor who plays Connor. He’s fantastic. But get Carlton away from Connor yesterday.”
The main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows Jabari Banks as Will Smith, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey Thompson, Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks, Simone Joy Jones as Lisa Wilkes, Jordan L. Jones as Jazz, and Adrian Holmes as Philip Banks. Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is expected to be a recurring character as an English literature teacher.
The crew includes Carla Banks Waddles who serves as the showrunner for the series. Executive producers are Morgan Cooper, Anthony Sparks, Malcolm Spellman, Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Benny Medina, Quincy Jones, Andy & Susan Borowitz, TJ Brady, and Rasheed Newson. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Westbrook Studios.
“We love to include that OG cast in this re-imagining, but never [want] them to feel forced or wedged. It’s so organic because this character of Ms. Hughes, and by Tatyana playing that, she touches on everybody in the Banks family and the Bel-Air Academy family,” she told Boardroom in the March issue. Further adding, “To see OG Ashley and present-day Ashley and Tatyana and Akira in the same scene and fist-bumping each other, it was just so poetic on so many levels. She just brought so much to the show and so much to that dynamic that just felt special.”
The next season is expected to consist of ten episodes with an average runtime of 40–60 minutes, just to be consistent with the last two seasons. Of course, this is subject to change if the network wants to make a bigger season, which will be confirmed later. In addition to this, the series is available exclusively on Peacock, with the prior episodes and some other series of the same genre also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options based on viewers’ locations and preferences.
The network hasn’t released any teasers for the third season, so we urge readers to revisit the second season, which has a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating “generally favorable reviews on Metacritic. The season follows Will at a crossroads as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he’s learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season.
We’ll see Will and Carlton’s brotherhood start to evolve as they grow closer, but they’ll still challenge each other about their differences. We’ll also see Hilary evolve as she becomes more of a boss in her influencer world and how that spills over into her relationship with Jazz, and we’ll also highlight the relatable struggles around Viv and Phil balancing marriage and family while trying to forge their own career paths and reconnect to the things that are important to them.
In the meantime, take a look at the official trailer for Bel-Air Season 2 below:
Catch up on the all episodes and let us know what you think of Bel-Air being renewed for Season 3 in the comments.