‘The Wonder Years’ Canceled After 2 Seasons Amid Hollywood Strikes

The Wonder Years reboot has ended. The coming-of-age comedy, which was inspired by the 1990s series of the same name, was officially canceled Friday at ABC after two seasons.

The cancellation comes just weeks after ABC aired the final 10-episode second season earlier this summer, with the finale debuting on Aug. 16.

The original Wonder Years premiered in 1988 and ran for six seasons until its finale in May 1993.

The reboot, created by Saladin K. Patterson and executive produced by Lee Daniels, Bob Daily and Jacque Edmonds Cofer, debuted in September 2021.

Related: ‘The Wonder Years’ Reboot Debuts With Strong Ratings on ABC

In the latest version, Dulé Hill starred as family patriarch Bill, and Don Cheadle served as the series narrator.

The show’s cast also included Elisha “EJ” Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, Laura Kariuki, Amari O’Neil, Julian Lerner and Milan Ray, among others.

Fred Savage, who worked as a director and executive producer on ABC’s rebooted version and starred in the original series, was fired from the show in 2022 following a misconduct investigation.

After news of the show’s cancellation began making headlines, its stars took to social media to share their reactions to the announcement.

“Be cool…. when chapter ends, another begins,” Hill posted on Instagram. “Congrats to Saladin Patterson, this talented cast, and our amazing crew on bringing this beautiful story to our TV screens for the last two seasons. I had hoped to share this story a little bit longer, but that’s how it goes sometimes in this thing called show business. Grateful. What’s next?”

Patterson, for his part, admitted that he was “still processing” the show’s cancellation in his own Instagram post. “I owe it to the amazing writers, cast, and crew that walked in their God-given gifts every day to help make this show one I will be proud of for the rest of my life,” he wrote, thanking each cast member by name.

“The two biggest compliments I never got tired of hearing were: 1) We watch this show together as a family, and 2) Thank you for showing the positive side of our experience. I pray that God’s purpose was fulfilled,” Patterson added.

The show’s cancellation comes amid the ongoing writers and actors strikes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC’s fall slate is relying heavily on unscripted shows. These include Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Jeopardy!, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Press Your Luck, along with offerings from The Bachelor franchise such as Bachelor in Paradise and The Golden Bachelor.