Post by Michael Tomberlin from Alabama NewsCenter
The 30-minute episodes will air on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Central on ABC. Debut dates haven’t been announced.
The networks released this synopsis: “Inspired by the beloved award-winning series of the same name, ‘The Wonder Years’ is a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their ‘wonder years’ in a turbulent time.”
The original “Wonder Years” sitcom ran from 1988 to 1993 and similarly followed the coming of age of Kevin Arnold (played by actor Fred Savage), the son of a white middle-class family in the suburbs in the 1960s and ‘70s.
This version of “The Wonder Years” will star Don Cheadle as the narrator of the series as adult Dean Williams. The young version of Dean Williams is being played by Elisha “EJ” Williams. Other actors are Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, Julian Lerner as Brad Hitman, Amari O’Neil as Cory Long and Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons.
Saladin Patterson (“Frasier,” “Psych”) is a Montgomery native and serves as writer and executive producer. Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment also executive produce along with original series star Savage. Patterson wrote the pilot, which was directed by Savage.
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