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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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