With television nostalgia at an all-time high and shows like Boy Meets World, Full House, and now even Coach being brought back in spin-off reunion form, it’s only a matter of time before the next classic series gets revived from the dead in zombie fashion. What’s it going to be this time? Gilmore Girls? (Probably.) Murphy Brown? (Would watch.) Saved by the Bell, starring Tobey Maguire as Dustin Diamond, obviously?
I’ll tell you what it’s not going to be: The Wonder Years.
People broached the subject with Fred Savage at Austin’s ATX Festival over the weekend, and the former child star unequivocally shot the idea down.
“Zero,” Savage, 38, told PEOPLE of the chances for an encore of ABC’s award-winning series set in the ’60s. “Never.”
“The show was about a time in your life. The show was about this finite moment in your life that has a beginning and an end, and I think that’s what makes people long for that time in your life,” he told PEOPLE at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend.
“You can’t really go back to it. You can’t all be 12 again, and that’s why that time in our life is so special and why all the memories still stay with us and warm us and haunt us and all those things – because we can’t go back to it.”
As a huge fan of the series, I couldn’t agree more. The Wonder Years was a perfect moment in time that would suffer from being revisited. Unlike some of those other shows, we already know what happens to the characters. Kevin gets married to someone who’s not Winnie and has kids. Paul went to Harvard. Wayne took over the factory after the old man died. Norma became a successful businesswoman…
Ah, to hell with it. Let’s just re-watch the ending again and all cry at our desks.