"The Wonder Years" is Getting Rebooted with a Black Family.
If you were born during the late 70's there's a chance you used to watch "The Wonder Years". Who can forget Kevin Arnold, his best friend Paul and Winnie Cooper, the girl he had a thing for HIS ENTIRE LIFE!
Set in the 60's and 70's, "The Wonder Years" was the story of a white working class family, complete with mother and father, three wonderful kids and a picket fence neighborhood. The reboot, while still focused on the family, will be everything BUT an ode to the wonder of white childhood.
ABC announced Wednesday that they've secured director Lee Daniels to direct the show that will focus on a Black family.
"The half-hour comedy will focus on how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, "in the turbulent late 1960's, the same era as the original series, made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too," the network said."
Daniels was the director on breakout films "Precious" and "The Butler" and the Fox series "Star". Right now he's working a film surrounding the tumultuous life, career and court drama of Billie Holliday entitled "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" starring singer Andra Day.
The new series comes at a time when Hollywood has decided to include more Black voices and Black experiences in their storytelling. We're sure that the movement for inclusion sparked this change but, either way, REAL lovers of "The Wonder Years" will be here for it.
We're most excited to see the contrast between the new show and it's predecessor.
Will you be watching?