The new series will follow a Black family living in Alabama during the 1960s

By Eric Todisco
January 31, 2021 11:45 AM
The Wonder Years
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The Wonder Years is getting a reboot!

The beloved coming-of-age comedy that aired from 1988 to 1993 has received a pilot order at ABC featuring a Black family living in Alabama, according to The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap.

The reboot "focuses on how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late '60s made sure it was 'the wonder years' for them, too," THR reported of the show's description.

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is executive producing the reboot along with comedian Saladin K. Patterson (The Big Bang Theory, Frasier), who will also pen the script. Original series co-creator Neal Marlens is attached as a consultant, while Fred Savage, who starred in the original series as Kevin Arnold, will also executive produce and direct the pilot.

Daniels, 61, confirmed the reboot news on Instagram, sharing a photo of THR's report and writing, "This will be a GREAT reboot! Let's go ABC!."

The original series, which aired for a total of 115 episodes, followed a white middle-class family in the 1960s. Savage and Josh Saviano starred as best friends Kevin Arnold and Paul Pfeiffer, respectively, and Danica McKellar played Kevin's love interest, Winnie Cooper.

Savage, 44, broke out in Hollywood with his role in The Wonder Years. At only 13, he became the youngest actor nominated for a lead actor in a comedy series Emmy for his role in 1988.

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Fred Savage in The Wonder Years

In 2015, Savage told PEOPLE there was "zero" chance of an official revival.

"The show was about a time in your life," he said at the time. "The show was about this finite moment in your life that has a beginning and an end, and I think that's what makes people long for that time in your life."

"You can't really go back to it," he added. "You can't all be 12 again, and that's why that time in our life is so special and why all the memories still stay with us and warm us and haunt us and all those things — because we can't go back to it."