There’s a Wonder Years Reboot pilot featuring a black family in the works at ABC. The network handed a pilot production commitment to a new iteration of the network’s 1980s family comedy-drama.
Dave Executive Producer Saladin K. Patterson penned the reboot which is inspired by his experiences growing up in Montgomery, Alabama. The new version will chronicle how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960’s made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too.
The storyline of the new show in the same time period as the original series, which was set between 1968 and 1973.
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The Wonder Years has a pilot production commitment. If the pilot script is approved for pilot production by ABC, the sign-off will also trigger the opening of a mini writer’s room in preparation for a possible series pickup.
The reboot comes from Patterson, Lee Daniels, the original series’ breakout star Fred Savage, and 20th Century Fox TV.
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Fred Savage will direct the pilot and executive produce it alongside Saladin K. Patterson. Lee Daniels and Marc Velez via Lee Daniels Entertainment will also executive produce. Neal Marlens, who co-created the original series with Carol Black, will serve as consultant. 20th Century Fox Television will produce, with both Patterson and Daniels currently under overall deals at the studio.
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The Wonder Years was a coming-of-age dramedy that took place from 1968-1973. Daniel Stern narrated the series as an adult version of Kevin Arnold. Savage starred as Kevin Arnold, a teenager in a suburban middle-class family, who recalled growing up during the turbulent social times.
Dan Lauria and ALlye Mills co-starred as his father Jack and as his mother Norma. Jason Hervey starred as his brother Wayne, Olivia d’Abo as his sister Karen. Also, Josh Saviano was cast as his best friend Paul Pfeiffer, and Danica McKellar as his girlfriend Winnie Cooper.
The series ran for six seasons on ABC from 1988-1993.