The Wonder Years Reboot With Black Family In the Works At ABC

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The Wonder Years is getting the reboot treatment. 

ABC has handed out a pilot production commitment to a new iteration of the hit comedy-drama, which would focus on a Black family. 

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is shepherding the half-hour project for the network.

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It would be set in the late 1960s — the same era as the original series — and focused on a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama. 

Fred Savage, who toplined the original 1988-93 series will work on the new interation, and will serve as director of the pilot. 

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Savage will also exec-produce along with Daniels and Saladin K. Patterson. The latter is best-known for his work on Psych and Dave. 

Patterson also serves as the writer of the pilot. 

Neal Marlens, who co-created the original series, is also on board as a consultant for the next generation of the series. 

With ABC giving the project a pilot production commitment, it means the first hurdle is the pilot script. If the network likes the script, it will move forward with a writers room with the eye of producing a full season of episodes. 

ABC is one of many networks relying on reboots over the last several years. It successfully revived Roseanne, which later spun off into The Conners. 

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NYPD Blue and New York Undercover were both in the works last season, but failed to clinch a formal pickup after their pilots did not come in as well as expected. 

This season, ABC tried out a sequels to thirtysomething and Revenge, but both were stopped in their tracks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Wonder Years was a roaring success during its original run, with Savage becoming the youngest actor ever nominated for an Emmy as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

The series earned 22 awards and 76 nominations throughout its run. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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