The Wonder Years

Status:  Pre-Production
Genre:  Comedy
Director:  Fred Savage
Studio(s):  Lee Daniels Entertainment, American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

Cast:  Don Cheadle, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, Milan Ray, Laura Kariuki, Elisha Williams, Amari O’Neil, Julian Lerner.

Details:  The Wonder Years is getting the reboot treatment at ABC.  The upcoming series, which received a pilot order from the network, will star Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams, taking over for Fred Savage, who played the central character, Kevin Arnold, in the original run.  Rounding out the rest of the Williams family is Dulé Hill as Bill, the patriarch who is a music professor by day and a funk musician by night, Saycon Sengbloh as his perceptive and good-humored wife, Lillian, with Laura Kariuki as Kim, Dean’s confident and popular teenage sister.  Like the original, Dean will have a special love interest, with Milan Ray playing Keisa Clemmons.  Additionally, Don Cheadle will serve as the narrator, aka “Adult Dean,” who reflects back on his younger years as he embarks on the next stage of his life as a new grandfather, while Julian Lerner and Amari O’Neil have been added as Dean’s childhood friends.

The original series, starring Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Jason Hervey, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills and Olivia d’Abo, aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993.  Savage is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the new project, along with Lee Daniels with original series co-creator Neal Marlens as a consultant.

Story:  The new version will focus on this middle-class family living in Montgomery, Alabama, during the 1960s as Dean is trying to figure out his place at home and the world at large. Described by ABC as a little insecure, a tad awkward and a bit self-conscious, he is determined to make his mark on the world around him.  Source/Photo Source:  ET Online.