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"The Wonder Years," a beloved coming-of-age comedy set in the '60s, could be returning to ABC, but this time focusing on a Black middle-class family in Alabama.
On Wednesday, ABC made a pilot production commitment for the reboot, which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Oscar nominee Lee Daniels ("Empire," "Precious") will serve as executive producer and this time, Fred Savage, who played the adolescent Kevin Arnold in the original, will be directing. Saladin Patterson ("The Last O.G.," "The Big Bang Theory") serves as writer and executive producer of the half-hour comedy.
The reboot concept is described as: "How a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late 1960s, the same era as the original series, made sure it was 'The Wonder Years' for them, too."
In addition to Savage, who has built a successful career directing comedies and also will serve as an executive producer, the reboot will include original series co-creator Neal Marlens as a consultant. "The Wonder Years" ran from 1988 to 1993 on ABC.
The original series followed the Arnolds, a suburban white family, with an adult Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) narrating events from 20 years in the past, covering the period from 1968 to 1973. The show centered on Kevin, who went from 12 to 17 over the series' run, and also featured his parents, Jack (Dan Lauria) and Norma (Alley Mills), his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) and his sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo).
One of the show's central relationships featured Danica McKellar as Kevin's girlfriend, Winnie Cooper. Joe Cocker's rendition of "With a Little Help from My Friends" was the memorable series theme song.
Once ABC approves the pilot script, a mini-writer’s room will open for the reboot, which has not received a series commitment. No casting details have been announced.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ABC commits to pilot for 'The Wonder Years' featuring Black family