'The Wonder Years' reboot about Black family gets official green light at ABC


Beloved early '90s show "The Wonder Years" is getting the green light for a reboot.

The same network of the original dramedy, ABC, is going ahead with the reboot which will still take place in the 1960s, this time focusing on a Black middle class family.

The show is slated for the 2021-2022 broadcast season, reports Variety.

Fred Savage, who played the original’s lead, Kevin Arnold, is the executive producer this time, and even directed the first episode.

The new kid with the coming-of-age travails will be named Dean Williams, and played by Elisha "EJ" Williams.

The great Don Cheadle will do Dean’s adult-looking-back voiceover.

The rest of the cast will include Dulé Hill as his father, Saycon Sengbloh as his mother, and Laura Kariuki as his sister.

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The reboot was first announced last summer.

The original series ran for six seasons beginning in 1988 and running until 1993.

In addition to the neo-"Wonder Years," ABC will be announcing a number of other new shows to advertisers tomorrow, including the public school-set comedy, "Abbot Elementary," starring Quinta Brunson; "Maggie," about a young female psychic played by Rebecca Rittenhouse; and a drama called "Queens" that jumps back to the 1990s again, detailing the reunion of a fictional, all-female ‘90s pop group, Nasty Bitches. Which sounds a little like Peacock’s recent comedy series, "Girls5Eva," about a ‘90s girl group reunion.

ABC has also announced the return of current faves "The Goldbergs," "A Million Little Things," "The Conners," "Home Economics," "The Rookie," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "American Idol," "Big Sky," "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune," "The Good Doctor," "Grey's Anatomy," "Shark Tank," "Supermarket Sweep," and "Station 19."

Watch the original "The Wonder Years" on Amazon Prime Video

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