TV Tidbits: ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot, ‘Avatar’ Disaster, and More

TV Tidbits: ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot, ‘Avatar’ Disaster, and More


Hello, TV fans! We’ve got a ton of stories to cover today, so let’s dive right in.

Your New YA Mystery Obsession Coming to Peacock

Peacock, the streaming service from NBC, announced a limited series based on the young adult bestseller One of Us Is Lying. The story centers on the death of a high school student during detention.

Which of the four survivors is telling the truth about what happened? You’ll have to watch to find out. The dark story promises to fill the hole left by the end of 13 Reasons Why.

Sarah Cooper Lands Netflix Special After Viral Success on Twitter

Comedian Sarah Cooper isn’t a household name–yet. But you’ve probably seen a clip of her expertly lip-syncing (and satirizing) audio clips of Donald Trump. Her videos, which she posts on Twitter, get millions of views.

And now Sarah Cooper is getting her very own Netflix special. It’s called “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine,” and it’ll arrive this fall. The special will cover “politics, race, gender, class, and other light subjects.”

Cooper is supported by some very talented women in her first special; Natasha Lyonne, who found major success with her own Netflix series, Russian Doll, will direct and Maya Rudolph will serve as executive producer.

‘Avatar’ Live-Action Adaptation Is Falling Apart

Not everything is going quite so well on Netflix. The live-action series based on the classic cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender, seems doomed. The original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, just announced that they walked away from the project.

The adaptation has been in production for almost two years. Following the truly abysmal M. Night Shyamalan film, many fans felt skeptical about yet another live-action version of their beloved Avatar. They won’t be encouraged by the news that DiMartino and Konietzko decided to “cut their losses and move on,” as DiMartino wrote in an open letter on his website this week.

Jonathan Pryce to Play Final Incarnation of Prince Philip on ‘The Crown’

As Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ enters its final phase, we finally know who will take over as Prince Philip. Previously portrayed by Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones), the role will be taken up by legendary actor Jonathan Pryce.

Pryce will star opposite Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth during the final two seasons. We’ll also meet Gillian Anderson as controversial prime minister Margaret Thatcher and see the implosion of Charles and Diana’s marriage.

Will Smith Signs on to Fan-Inspired ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot

Last year, filmmaker Morgan Cooper released a dark, gritty trailer for the iconic 90s series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will Smith liked it so much that he sat down to interview Cooper about the viral hit. Now, Smith has signed up to produce a full-length pilot of the reimagined series.

“I saw the trailer that Morgan Cooper hooked up and it’s called, Bel-Air,” Smith told The Insider. “This was the first time that I heard something and was like Yo, that’s an idea that is brilliant.’”

Here’s the trailer, which strips the lighthearted, neon-hued 90s nostalgia away for a more realistic, modern take on the familiar story.