“The Wonder Years” is inviting Montgomery to join the show

The Wonder Years
The remake of this coming-to-age series is set in Montgomery. Photo via Erika Doss of ABC

Montgomery, get ready to be Hollywood stars! Montgomery native Saladin Patterson is bringing the remake of “The Wonder Years” home and is asking his fellow Alabamians to join the show. Be sure to catch the pilot on ABC this Wednesday, September 22.

What is “The Wonder Years”? 

The Wonder Years
The show follows the life of a Montgomery family. Photo via Erika Doss of ABC

Like the original coming-to-age series, the remake of ABC’s “The Wonder Years” is set during the 1960s. This time, the show is filming in Alabama to follow a middle class black family in Montgomery.

“Few settings could be as impactful or meaningful to the crux of this story as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. 

When we see the events, injustices and heroes unfold before the eyes of a young Black man coming of age in Montgomery amid the reckoning brought by the Civil Rights Movement, I think many people will see Montgomery in a new light–one that is more relatable and tangible.”

Steven Reed, Montgomery Mayor 

Fred Savage, who was on the original series, is joining the remake as an executive producer and director of the pilot. Other cast members include:

  • Don Cheadle
  • Dule Hill
  • Elisha Williams
  • Milan Ray
  • Saycon Sengbloh

Who is Saladin Patterson?

It only seems fitting that a Montgomery native is leading this show. Executive producer Saladin Patterson grew up in the area and is going back to his roots to bring 1960s Montgomery to life for the show. Saladin has an impressive history across Montgomery and Hollywood, including:

  • Grew up off South Boulevard in Montgomery
  • Graduated from the Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School
  • Previously worked on shows, including ” Dave,” “Frasier,” “Psych,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Last O.G.,”

How to be on the big screen

Alabama State Capitol
Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

There is an open casting call for all to join the show as paid extras. The show is looking for “men, women, and children of all ages and ethnicities.”

  • When: October 11-15
  • Who: Anyone who has the COVID-19 vaccination and submitted an application online
  • Where: Eastdale Mall, the fair, downtown Montgomery & more

“The Wonder Years” is excited to have the people of Montgomery recreate the Civil Rights history that is essential to the city. 

Are you planning on being an extra? Tag us @thebamabuzz to let us know!

Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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