Did you know that if a contemporary The Wonder Years was set at the same chronological remove from the time of the show’s making as the original was, it would be set in the year 2001? Which the new The Wonder Years reboot obviously is not — instead returning to the ’60s setting in which the original 1988 comedy-drama took place. But this time, The Wonder Years follows a Black family in Alabama, and a young 12-year-old boy with a great imagination. Watch The Wonder Years reboot first look below.
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The Wonder Years is the latest series from the past to get a shiny new reboot. But rather than modernizing the drama about a suburban family living in the 1960s, The Wonder Years reboot is taking a different approach with the same formula.
Produced by Lee Daniels, The Wonder Years reboot will follow a Black family living in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s, providing a much different perspective than the original series that starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, and Olivia d’Abo as The Arnold Family. The new series will focus on The Williams Family, and a first look photo has officially been revealed. Read More »
Don Cheadle is about to take a walk down memory lane. The Avengers: Endgame star has been set as the narrator for ABC’s reboot of The Wonder Years, taking on the role of adult Dean Williams in ABC’s single-camera pilot.
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The Wonder Years is making a comeback.
ABC is developing a reboot of the classic family television series, with the intention of debuting the series for the 2021-2022 season. But instead of following a suburban White family like the original series did, this reboot will center on a Black family. Empire co-creator Lee Daniels will executive produce the new version alongside Fred Savage, who starred in the original series. Original series co-creator Neal Marlens is on board as a consultant.
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Fans have been waiting years for The Wonder Years to make it back into their homes. Since ending its run in 1993, the show played in reruns and finally appeared on Netflix last year. But even so, the original episodes with the original music have never made it to the DVD format. That changed recently when StarVista announced they’d be releasing the series the way it was intended in late 2014.
Since then, work on the set has apparently continued as several of the show’s original stars – Fred Savage, Josh Saviano, Danica McKellar and Jason Hervey – took to social media Wednesday to post photos of a Wonder Years reunion. Check those out below. Read More »
The curse of The Wonder Years was that the show was such a perfect vision of the late Sixties and early Seventies, meaning the rights to the show’s music made it near-impossible to bring to the home market. It was simply too expensive to license the iconic songs originally used in the show, and producers didn’t want to sacrifice anything just to make a quick buck on DVD. The closest it’s come is the full series being on Netflix, but there many of the songs were changed or replaced. Even the opening theme, “With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Cocker, was changed.
Well, that’s over and done. StarVista will finally release the complete series of The Wonder Years on DVD in late 2014 with “virtually every song” from the series intact. Read More »
Netflix has just landed the end all be all of previously unavailable, home viewing content. Vulture is reporting that all 115 episodes of the classic TV show The Wonder Years have now made it to their streaming service. The show, which ran from 1988-1993, remains a long time favorite for fans but it used so much popular music from the era during which it was set, the Sixties, no one has every been able to untangle the rights to release the series on DVD. Maybe this (and reruns on the Hub) are the first hint that, one day, we might be able to officially hold Kevin Arnold, Winnie Cooper and Paul Pfeiffer in our hands. Click here to start watching.
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