The “Wonder Years” are coming back. That is, the original show focused on the Arnolds, a suburban family from California.
The original family consisted of Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Jason Hervey, and Dan Lauria, amongst others.
The original show was centered around Kevin Arnold, a teen who was growing up in a suburban middle-class family. It explored his life, his family, and his experiences growing up.
The show will begin filming the pilot for the reboot this spring. They received approval from ABC.
New Cast of the ‘Wonder Years’
This time around, “Wonder Years” will be about a Black family that is living in Alabama during the 1960s. Fred Savage, who played Kevin, is returning to direct and produce the show.
According to Variety, Saycon Sengbloh has been announced as the first cast member to join the “Wonder Years” cast. Sengbloh will play the family matriarch, Lillian Williams. In addition to being a mother, she is also a full-time accountant working to support her middle-class family.
In the past, Saycon Sengbloh has been in a number of different roles. Her most acclaimed performance is in the play “Eclipsed” from 2016. She earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Oustanding Featured Actress in a Play.
Besides that she has also had roles in “Scandal,” “Funny Valentines,” “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife,” and in the biographical drama about Aretha Franklin called “Respect.’
Now she will be putting her wonderful skills to test in the pilot of the “Wonder Years.” The show has not yet announced who the other family members will be.
‘Wonder Years’ Reboot
The reboot of the classic 1980s TV series is coming with a lot of enthusiasm from fans of the original show. This time, the story will look very different.
It will be set in the same time period, but offer a very different story to viewers. It will likely detail the civil rights initiatives of the 1960s and overall, how the Black experience was widely different than what the Arnold family faced. It’s an important and historical story to tell. It’s going to talk about the “Wonder Years” of a family in a whole new light.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, popular comedy writer Saladin K. Patterson will be writing the script and is also the executive producer. He will also be working with Lee Daniels, who worked on the show “Empire.”
Recently, Daniels has announced that the show is now in the casting process. This means updates on the show may start to happen more frequently.
“I’m nervous about that one,” Daniels said to Entertainment Tonight about the “Wonder Years” show. “We’re out to some name talent. I’m really excited about that.”