“What would you do if I sang out a tune?”
Does this song’s lyrics ring a bell?
Well, it must be bringing back a homemade movie montage! That hardly comes as a surprise, sinceThe Wonder Years, which ran from 1988-1993, made its way into many hearts. The heartwarming series is all set for a reboot with Dule Hill joining the cast as Bill Williams, the patriarch of the family!
Are you ready for an iconic reboot of the 80s show?
A Look Back at the original The Wonder Years
Created initially by Neal Marlens and Carol Black, this series was envisioned as a family show that would strike a chord with the baby-boomer generation. No wonder it was set in the late 60s. It was an era that was marked by a slew of radical changes in the history of America. The makers also wanted the show to chronicle the life of a normal boy who grows up during this period.
The original series had America watching Fred Savage growing up. And now he will be shown as all grown up with a flourishing career as both an actor and director. Fans will be delighted to know that Savage is one of the creative forces behind the reboot of this hugely popular series!
What to Expect The Wonder Years Hill Reboot?
Dule Hill is going to feature in ABC’s The Wonder Years single-camera comedy reboot pilot. He will star as a lead opposite Elisha “EJ” Williams and Saycon Sengbloh. This reboot of the classic 1980s family comedy-drama, written by Patterson and directed by Savage, narrates the story of the Williamses, a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late 1960s.
This reboot, set in the same era as the original, will have Dule Hill playing Bill Williams, Dean’s (Elisha Williams) dad. A music professor and a funk musician rolled into one; Bill is shown to be a character who always remains calm and composed. Bill belongs to a black, middle-class neighborhood with the words “be cool” always stuck to his lips.
The Cast To Look Forward To
The series is centered around the teenage son of the family, Dean Williams (Elisha “EJ” Williams), just like the original series that focused on Kevin Arnold (Savage). According to reports, the other roles will be played by child actors Milan Ray, Julian Lerner, and Amari O’Neil. The role of Dean’s parents will be essayed by Psych star Dule Hill and Saycon Sengbloh, while Laura Karuiki will play his teen sister. Don Cheadle, the show’s narrator, will voice the events of the series as an adult version of Dean.
A Quick Glimpse of Dule Hill’s Career
Dule Hill is an American actor. He came to the limelight after playing the roles of a personal presidential aide and Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Charlie Young. Yes, we are referring to the NBC drama television seriesThe West Wing.
He also received an Emmy Award nomination under the category Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also has to his credit minor roles in films likeThe Guardian,Holes, andShe’s All That, besides a recurring role inBallers.
Dule Hill is best known for his role of Burton ‘Gus’ Guster in the USA Network comedyPsyc. The show was on air for eight seasons, and Hill was also the producer of the series. He, in fact, reprised his role from Psych in both Psych: The Movie and Psych 2: Lassie Came Home. Hill is currently also seen in the HBO Max heist film Locked Down and is slated to star in the Netflix film Hypnotic.
Previously, Dule Hill had been associated with a string of TV releases, including the role of Alex Williams in the USA Network drama Suits, the role of Charlie Young in The West Wing, the HBO series Ballers with Dwayne Johnson, and a starring role in J.D. Dillard’s drama Sleight. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Washington Square Films, and Fuller Law.
Forces Behind the Camera
The reboot brings onboard Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment as executive producers and writer and executive producer Saladin Patterson. Fred Savage, who was part of the original series, will direct the pilot and executive producing. Neal Martins, who was the original show’s creator, will be the consultant for this reboot. He had received classical trained in ballet and tap dance from a young age and also made an appearance on Broadway in a production of the hit musical The Tap Dance Kid, as well as several other off-Broadway productions even before he graduated from high school.
Be it dancing on stage, essaying the role of a dutiful government aide, or a button-downed sidekick; Dule Hill was a charmer all along! The Wonder Years reboot will premiere on ABC in the 2021-22 TV season.