'Wonder Years' Reboot Will Feature a Black Family Set at ABC

July 9, 2020

Another beloved TV series is being rebooted.

According to Deadline, ABC is planning to return to “The Wonder Years.”

The network is set to revive the coming-of-age dramedy with a minor yet timely creative change that will give new and old fans a different perspective: it will be centered around a middle-class Black family in Montgomery, Alabama.

Similar to the original, it will be set in the late 1960s. Per Entertainment Weekly, this is the official synopsis: "How a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960’s, the same era as the original series, made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too."

The project, penned by Saladin K. Patterson, draws inspiration from his experiences growing up in the South, and has already scored a pilot production commitment.

No word yet on who has been cast in the reboot, but it already has the blessing of the original cast.

Fred Savage, who played middle-class suburban teen Kevin Arnold in the original, will direct the potential pilot and serve as executive producer.

He will be joined by “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels and Marc Velez.

The original co-creator, Neal Marlens, has also signed on as a consultant.

The series ran for six seasons beginning in 1988 and running until 1993. But even 26 years after the series went off the air, the actors have remained close.

In February 2019, Savage, Danica McKellar (Winnie), and Josh Saviano (Paul) staged a mini-reunion and grabbed lunch together.

"The more things change, the more things stay the same, and the more I enjoy hanging out with these 2," wrote Saviano.

McKellar agreed that the the guys were like family to her – they did grow up together after all.

“It was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing,” McKellar wrote.

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