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NBC Plans Wonder Years Update Called Lost in the '80s

NBC Gets Itself Lost in the '80s With Wonder Years-Style Show

Imagine The Wonder Years, but with Jordache jeans, mall hair, and music with heavy synthesizers. That's part of what NBC has in mind for its new drama pilot called Lost in the '80s.

The project comes from Bob Brush, who won an Emmy for his writing on The Wonder Years and envisions this pilot as a companion piece to the earlier series — not a remake, just a show with a similar feel set 20 years post-Kevin Arnold. A couple of other notable things about it:

  • In addition to the Wonder Years tone, the show is being described as Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets The Ice Storm.
  • Among those who have signed on to produce is Arrested Development's Mitchell Hurwitz.

My first thought was, "Sounds like Freaks and Geeks with a voiceover." But having tossed it around for a while, I think this show could be a great idea. After all, I watched the '60s-set Wonder Years while growing up in the '80s; now, 20 years later, why shouldn't today's tweens get to connect with a next-generation Kevin and Winnie?

Do you think a Wonder Years-style show about the '80s has potential?


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Luv80s Luv80s 8 years
That sounds, like, totally awesome!
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I think there's still a hold out on the music rights...and that's why it hasn't come out yet. Not sure if that's true though...
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
Yes, Fox's the 80s show WAS terrible! I'd almost forgotten about that. I'd definitely be watching this if it's written by the same guy who did The Wonder Years. But can we pleeeeaaase get The Wonder Years on dvd?? Anyone? Anyone?
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Just as long as it doesn't end up like Fox's "That 80s Show" that was horrible!
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
what would u do if i sang out of tune, would u stand up and walk out on meeeeeeeeeeeeee haha..i loved the wonder years! It is a risk for any network to try to model a show after such a legendary one..high expectations
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i wonder if they are doing this since we've seen the success that Mad Men has - and how it's placed in a different era. i think that there could be success if it's done well. wasn't there another show on NBC that was kind of like that - american dreams or something? i'm sure that if the writing is done well and the cast is good then we could see some success from it.
cgnelson cgnelson 8 years
i love the wonder years. it is risky to make something that so closely identifies with that show - it puts too much expectation on the project
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
It would probably do better if it was NOT compared to TWY. But it sounds like a good setup and I'd probably give it a chance.
psterling psterling 8 years
Love The Wonder Years. Love the 80's. Love Mitchell Hurwitz. Sounds like a winner to me!
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I love the Wonder Years. I don't think that anything will come close to it...but I so desperately hope it does. I'll check it out, but not getting my hopes up high because it's going to take a lot to meet Wonder Years expectations!
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Sounds iffy, but I'd give it a try considering the comparisons to other work and the people involved.
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