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Everything about the new «The Wonder Years» series

Wait, there are news about «The Wonder Years»? Yes there are! In summer 2020 it was announced that a new TWY TV show is in preparation. We offer you all the news about the planned new series.

What is the new show all about?

TWY Reboot Headline

In July 2020, news broke that famed director Lee Daniels and Kevin-Arnold-actor Fred Savage plan a new version of the beloved TV show. The new «The Wonder Years» series will focus on the Williamses, a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the late 1960s.

Fred Savage will direct the pilot episode, comedy veteran Saladin K. Patterson will pen the script. Daniels, Savage, Patterson and Lee Daniels Entertainment banner president Marc Velez will act as executive producers. The original series co-creator Neal Marlens is attached to the project as a consultant.

In January 2021, the Disney-owned US network ABC formally ordered a pilot episode. If all goes well, the series will premiere in the 2021/2022 TV season. The potential series is produced via Disney-owned 20th Television.

Filming has started!

Filming for the pilot episode took place in April 2021. And on April 9, Lee Daniels shared a first photo of the cast on Twitter:

The New The Wonder Years Series Cast

Meanwhile, the cast and crew are busy posting pictures on Instagram. Here's a small selection:

Writer and Director Savage and Patterson on set EJ (Dean) and Fred (Kevin) The Child Actors EJ on the bike TWY jacket

Moreover, Fred Savage and EJ Williams shared a first behind the scenes video from filming the pilot episode.

Casting News

In an interview with ET in late February 2021, Lee Daniels revealed that casting has started: «We're out to some name talent. I'm really excited about that.»

And by the end of March 2021, the cast was complete! Read all about the cast and crew.

What the Stars of the Original Series are saying

TWY stars Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) and Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold) welcomed the news of a reboot on Twitter.

McKellar wrote: «Fred emailed me last night to share the news! ❤ I can't wait to see what he & @leedanielsent create. I have no doubt it will both honor the original show & do justice to the realities of growing up black in 1960's».

Lauria commented: «It’s about time they try to tell a realistic story of a black child growing up during the 60’s & 70’s. I hope it sheds light on our current society - from civil rights through the Vietnam war- and now Black Lives Matter - hope this show makes a difference.»