ABC Officially Orders ‘Wonder Years’ Reboot Among Several New Shows

by Anna Dunn

ABC has officially announced that it’s greenlit a reboot of The Wonder Years. They also revealed many other new shows coming to the network for the upcoming 2021-2022 TV schedule. The news came after ABC dished out multiple cancellations last Friday. They’ve also renewed shows such as Big Sky and The Good Doctor.

The Wonder Years was a 1980s coming of age drama set in the 60s and 70s. The original show focused on a Kid name Kevin growing up in a fictional “Anytown”. The reboot will focus on 12-year-old Dean Williams. He lives with his black, middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama.

Just like in the original, an adult version of the child character will narrate the reboot of The Wonder Years. This time, Don Cheadle narrates. Producers cast Elisha “EJ” Williams to play young Dean Williams. Saladin Patterson is an executive producer and writer for the series. Lee Daniels, Marc Velez, and Fred Savage, the star of the original Wonder Years, are all executive producers. Fred Savage will also direct for the show and has directed the pilot.

On top of ‘The Wonder Years,’ ABC Announces Big Lineup

There will be no shortage of new shows for the network this upcoming season. Aside from The Wonder Years, ABC has also ordered Queens, Maggie, and Abbot Elementary. 

Queens follows four estranged women in their 40s who reunite to try and recapture the fame they had in the 90s. The show, executive produced by Zahir McGhee, Sabrina Wind, and Tim Story, takes a look at the now aged hip-hop group and their desire to get back what they had.

Maggie is based on a short film with the same name. The story follows a young woman trying to cope with psychic powers. While she regularly struggles with seeing the future of everyone she knows, from clients to parents to friends, when she sees her own destiny, she is forced to reevaluate her priorities.

And last but not least, Abbot Elementary is a workplace comedy centering around a group of teachers and an out-of-touch principal in a Philadelphia-based elementary school. Despite the fact that the odds aren’t in their favor, the teachers are passionate about helping their students succeed. They work tirelessly, even though the school district has a poor attitude towards education. Quinta Brunson will write for, executive produce, and star in the series.

Before this announcement, ABC had the significantly less fun task of announcing its cancellations. The cancellations include Katey Sagal’s Rebel, a legal drama called For Life and Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish, and Kyra Sedgewick’s Call Your Mother. Amongst one of its most surprising cancellations was American Housewife, which was canceled after five seasons.

The Wonder Years reboot and the rest of the lineup bring a fantastic diversity in storyline and genre that’ll likely give ABC’s fall programming a competitive edge.