'The Wonder Years' Reboot With A Black Family In The Works At ABC From Lee Daniels
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'The Wonder Years' Reboot With A Black Family In The Works At ABC From Lee Daniels

A reboot of The Wonder Years is in development at ABC from Lee Daniels. Saladin K. Patterson (Dave, The Last O.G., The Big Bang Theory, The Bernie Mac Show) is the writer and will executive produce. Fred Savage, who starred in the original, will direct the pilot and will executive produce with Daniels and Patterson. Co-creator of the original series, Neal Marlens, will be a consultant.

It has a big commitment at the network, including pilot production and if the script is approved, a mini-writers' room will open. As The Hollywood Reporter states, the goal is to have the show developed for the 2012-22 television season.

Like the original series, the potential show will focus on a family in the 1960s, only this time the family is Black and the location has been shifted from the suburbs to Montgomery, Alabama.

THR says, "Sources say Daniels, Velez, Patterson and Savage brought the idea directly to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, who previously singled out The Wonder Years as one of the programs that made her want to work in television. Savage and Patterson are close friends, with the former having directed the latter's untitled Leslie Odom Jr. multicamera pilot last year."

The series is out of Disney's 20th Century Fox Television. Patterson, Daniels and Savage are both under overall deals there.

 

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