The ‘Fresh Prince’ cast became emotional over this Uncle Phil tribute, and honestly, can you blame them?

WELCOME TO THURRRRRRRRRSDAY. As a native Houstonian, I am formally obligated to begin this post with the Beyoncé remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” that  appeared in our lives yesterday because HOUSTON GIRL MAGIC:

For those of you who are older than 25, the original version of “Savage” inspired a TikTok dance challenge, and so now, obviously, the remix has too:

And the real reason I posted any of this was to include The Good Place‘s Jameela Jamil’s own take on the challenge. God bless her, she’s amazing:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had a Zoom reunion on Will Smith’s Snapchat show, Will From Home, ahead of the series’ 30th anniversary. During the reunion, the cast paid tribute to James Avery, the one and only Uncle Phil, and everyone became VERY EMOTIONAL, as you can see in the video below.

As for the reunion itself, Smith explained that the one upside of this pandemic is that it has created a “beautiful pause button for us to stop and think about what’s really necessary. How often do we even pop on a call and say, ‘Hey, how you doing?’… Of all the things I have ever done, nobody brings up things more than they do about the Fresh Prince.”

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 will air on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC without commercial interruption. LeBron James is leading the project and will feature performances and appearances by Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan Bmike Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai.

It is going to air on May 16, 7/8 p.m. By the way, this is not the same event that Oprah will be giving the commencement address.

The Daytime Emmys will be awarded remotely this year. Considering it hasn’t been broadcast on TV in years, this just feels like adding insult to injury.

The producers of The Bachelorette seem to have finally accepted their fate, and have announced they are planning to tape the season this summer and air this fall, which I called a while ago. Or maybe it was yesterday. Who even knows anymore. (Of course, this is entirely dependent on things not going south between now and then.)

The premiere of The Amazing Race has been pushed back to sometime later in 2020.

Peacock isn’t going to launch early because Comcast wants to make sure to get it right or something. I MEAN, WE DON’T HAVE HIGH STANDARDS RIGHT NOW, BUT OK.


Remember how I told you that no one wants to see your panties on morning TV? I was going to say no one wants to see your half-naked coworker with whom you are having an affair on TV, either, but we all know that’s just not true.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been diagnosed with the virus.

Jun Maeda, an Obie-winning set designer, has died from the virus.

For the first time ever, Americans all over the country will be able to listen in to live arguments before the Supreme Court beginning this weekend via Court TV. Because of this fucking virus, the justices will hear arguments remotely and have agreed to allow them to be broadcast live. The arguments will take place on May 4-6 and May 11-13. And several of the cases will involve President Slug.

The President is yelling at the TeeVee again. I’m not going to amplify his insane tweets by posting them here, but I will say the speculation is that this is what set him off:

Also, he’s SO ANGRY that the cable networks didn’t pause their coverage of the pandemic that he has mishandled leaving over 60,000 Americans dead to cover some documents related to Mike Flynn that suggest the FBI informed him that … lying to the FBI is a crime? To be honest, I don’t even understand what this latest kerfuffle is about except to try to pretend there’s enough smoke there to give President Felon enough cover so that he can pardon Flynn, but who knows, who cares.

Interesting: the NBA is thinking about playing games and quarantining at Disney World. It actually makes a lot of sense …

Meanwhile, The NY Attorney General also thinks it’s bullshit that cable companies are passing along sports programming fees to their customers when there are no sports happening.

This virus very well could kill Love Island. It was always going to end this way, it was just a matter of which communicable disease would do it.

New York’s mayor’s office is starting to have early conversations about opening the film and TV business back up. (It’s going to be a while, though.)

Good News:

NY1 is New York city’s local news station and it’s hard to explain to people who live outside the area how beloved it is, but take my word for it, it’s an institution, as is one of its anchors, Pat Kiernan. So this video of him marrying a couple over Zoom made me very happy:

Greg Berlanti has donated $1 million to relief efforts, including $600 thousand to workers on his shows.

Steven Van Zandt got Sirius XM to play “Lean on Me” on all of their channels tonight at 6/7 p.m. to honor frontline heroes.

Disney has released character face masks. Proceeds will go to charities.

Eminem donated shoes for relief efforts. I mean, YES, they are ultra-rare Air Jordans, but they’re still shoes.

All Other TV News

HBO Max will definitely be available on Google platforms when it launches next month. And the only surprising thing about this story to me is that these agreements are made this late into the game?

Chrissy Metz is hinting that her This Is Us‘ character has some dark stuff in her past. More dark stuff. You know, aside from losing her father at a young age and being in an abusive relationship …

The Bachelor‘s Hannah Ann has moved on with some NFL player, and good for her. But this line is really lowering the bar: “They very much seemed lovey-dovey. He even opened her car door,” a source shared. OPENED HER CAR DOOR????!11?!?!

Jack Osbourne is threatening us with an Osbourne‘s reboot. No thank you sir.

Mindy Kaling is down with an Office reunion.

Netflix did well at the Tribeca Film Festival, including that teen drama, The Half of It that premieres tomorrow.

Netflix has yoinked an episode of Designated Survivor in Turkey because it made them mad.

The real Frank Tassone of Bad Education has some bones to pick about the portrayal of him and his sexuality.

How Empire lead to the firing of The Simpsons‘ composer.



In Development

  • Menudo, a Mario Lopez-produced competition series to create another Menudo, is in the works.
  • A Week Away, a faith-based musical, has been bought at Netflix.
  • Hot Mess House, a series I definitely need to be on, is coming to HGTV.
  • Red Dot has been bought by Netflix.
  • Jiva! has been bought by Netflix.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! will premiere on ABC on June 8. It’s a clip show and it’s all you’re going to get of Bachelor Nation this summer, sorry.
  • Reno 911 premieres on Quibi on May 4 and it looks like they haven’t lost a step:
  • Ramy will return on Hulu on May 29.
  • Hanna will return on Amazon on July 3.
  • Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill will debut on Netflix on May 5.
  • Crossing Swords will debut on Hulu on June 12. It’s NOT a kids’ show.
  • I Was Lorena Bobbitt will debut on Lifetime on May 25.
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted returns on Nat Geo on June 7.
  • Magic for Humans will return on Netflix on May 15.


Cis Corman, Legendary casting director

Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood star

Watch This

Parks and Recreation: Our favorite Pawnee residents are back in a special quarantine episode to raise money for relief efforts. (YAY!) 7:30 p.m., NBC

Better Things: Season finale. Ta, ladies! 9 p.m., FX

Last Man Standing: Vanessa tries to recreate a childhood tradition for the girls without Mike in the season finale. 7 p.m., Fox

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Seth MacFarlane, Gigi Hadid, Thom Yorke
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: TBA
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Paul Giamatti
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mandy Moore
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Conan: Chris O’Dowd
  • Watch What Happens Live: Karamo Brown, Dorinda Medley
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Phoebe Robinson
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?
Station 19
How to Get Away With Murder
CBS Young Sheldon
Man With a Plan
Man With a Plan
CW Katy Keene
In the Dark
FOX Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Mental Samurai
NBC The Paley Center Celebrates Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation
Council of Dads
Council of Dads

3 thoughts on “The ‘Fresh Prince’ cast became emotional over this Uncle Phil tribute, and honestly, can you blame them?

  1. That’s weird, Peacock appeared as an app on my comcast cable box (sadly they get my money) and in order to watch NBC shows on demand we have to do it through the Peacock App.

    1. Oops — I should be more clear. Are you a Comcast customer? If so, Peacock came online sometime earlier this month (I believe). You guys are the guinea pigs to make sure there aren’t any bugs or glitches in the system. But you also get the service for free (again, I think). The rest of us have to wait until July for it to go live. It was originally pegged to launch with the Olympics … but … you know …


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