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Dulé Hill gets Jennifer Hudson tapping
May 16th, 2024 under Dulé Hill, Jennifer Hudson. [ Comments: none ]

Dulé Hill is on The Jennifer Hudson Show today to talk about his PBS show The Express Way with Dulé Hill. The actor travels the country to meet people who use creative expression and the transformative power of art.

One of the creative ways that the Wonder Years star leaves people psyched is through tap dancing. He has been known for that ever since he starred in The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway.

The EGOT winner was not going to let him get away without showing her how to do it. So he taught her the Cramp Roll, and they made beautiful music with their feet!

I don’t know about you, but I can watch him Tap for hours and hours.


ABC mistakenly cancels The Wonder Years
September 15th, 2023 under Dulé Hill. [ Comments: 1 ]

ABC made a huge mistake today. They cancelled The Wonder Years, which is their best show.

The show was a spinoff of the original ’80s series, and it was so much better. They did not shy away from tackling the hard subjects of the late ’60s and making them relatable for today’s viewers.

The writing and acting by Elisha “EJ” Williams, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, and Laura Kariuki was top-notch.

I cannot say enough positive things about the show. So watch it on and the Hulu app, and find out about the joy you were missing.

And ABC’s missed opportunity. They never knew how to market it. And that is why it was their lowest-rated original program, according to Deadline.

UPDATE: Dulé Hill responded to The Wonder Years’ cancellation in a way his character would’ve responded. “Be cool…. when chapter ends, another begins. 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, he wrote. “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? #TheWonderYears ✌”


The Wonder Years gives us something to sing about, Miss Patti LaBelle guest stars
July 5th, 2023 under ABC, Dulé Hill. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 9p on ABC, Patti LaBelle guest stars on The Wonder Years. And you will say, “Amen!”

The Williams Family goes to Church, and they get to watch Dean’s (Dulé Hill) mom (LaBelle) lead the choir. However, she is going to be down one member by the end of that service.

So, she recruits her daughter-in-law, Lillian (Saycon Sengbloh), to join, and she accepts. As soon as Lillian does, she realizes her wonderful mother-in-law is very tough on the choir.

Lillian stands up for them, and her mother-in-law walks away from it all. Will there be a feud between the family that will cause tension between Dean and the women he loves most?

Then there is little Dean (Elisha “EJ” Williams). He prays for something in Church that makes him think he got rid of the choir member. Now, he is feeling guilty for what happened to her. Did he really do it, or was it just a coincidence?

That will be answered in another heartfelt episode that shows a family who loves each other through the good times and the times when you can’t stand each other.

We need more shows like The Wonder Years where people can sit down and watch it with the whole family. So many television sitcoms are all about the adult viewer. The Wonder Years is one of the few that is for both the kids and the adults. So sit back and watch it with your family tonight and every Wednesday night on ABC or on Hulu.


The Williams go back to school on The Wonder Years tonight
June 21st, 2023 under ABC, Dulé Hill. [ Comments: none ]

The Wonder Years is finally back on ABC, and I still don’t know why ABC held it for so long. It is a much better sitcom than the ones they have, and I watch them all but Home Economics.

Tonight’s episode at 9p is full of heart as the Williams family head back to school. Little Dean (Elisha “EJ” Williams) is excited because he is going to be on the football team. What could go wrong?

Broderick (Chinua Baraka Payne) is still sad that Kiesa (Milan Ray) broke up with him. And because of that, his football game has gone to crap. However, when he finds out that she cheated on him, he promises to kill the guy she cheated on him with. So when Dean, who is that guy, finds out that Broderick thinks it is Norman (Caleb Black), he is willing to sacrifice his friend. But will he have a change of heart and come clean that he was the one kissing Broderick’s girl?

Then there is his big sister Kim (Laura Kariuki). Since she took all the math she needs to graduate high school, she takes the morning off from her classes. Her mom (Saycon Sengbloh) is not going to let that happen. Therefore, she tells her to take a math class at her father’s (Dulé Hill) college.

Big Dean also has the morning off, but now he has to drive his daughter to his school. Neither one of them are happy about Lillian’s plan. But she is the boss in the Williams household.

However, Dean is the boss at his college, and Kim sees how well-liked her father is. And she likes one of his students who also likes her. What happens when he shows up that night to take Kim on a date? Will Dean “be cool” about it?

There are some sweet daddy/daughter scenes between the two actors. And that is enough reason for you to tune in. But there are so many others. Like how sexy Hill’s accent is on this show. OK, that just might be my thing. Seriously though, there are so many reasons to watch. The chemistry between the actors is like a real family. The writing is so well executed it feels like you are watching home videos of a family in 1969.

A family that you become invested in because you have a caring, standoffish dad, a loving but stern mother who wants the best for her kids, a daughter who is rebelling against the past and excited for the future, and a nerdy son who has a bright future ahead of him. It is a slice of Americana told through the Williams’ eyes. So much was happening outside of their household, but inside, one thing was remaining the same. They will always have each other to lean on, no matter what is happening outside.

In a way, The Wonder Years is a history sitcom where you learn about the past through one family’s eyes. So it is about the experiences as compared to what you read in a history book that is all about the facts. And let’s be honest, the late ’60s would’ve been a groovy time to live.

That is why this show won a Peabody. And that is why you should be watching. So check it tonight on ABC or tomorrow on Hulu.


The Wonder Years celebrates the Summer of ’69
June 14th, 2023 under ABC, Dulé Hill. [ Comments: none ]

The Wonder Years, one of last season’s best new shows, is finally back on ABC tonight at 9p. And the second season is just as darling, informative, and funny as the first.

The Williams are an African-American Alabaman family, who are stuck in the wholesomeness of the way the times were, but also wanting to experience the exciting changes that are happening all around them.

It is the Summer of ’69, and we are going to the moon. Woodstock is going to change the music scene forever. And Stonewall is going to finally open the closet and allow people to come out!

For the Williams, it means they will be in two different states. Not because there are problems in their marriage but because Dean (Dulé Hill) has the chance to write a song for Marvin Gaye. So he and his son, Dean (Elisha Williams), are in NYC, living the dream.

However, not everything is going as they planned. Big Dean is having writer’s block, and his son hasn’t made a single friend. But that is all going to change when they meet one of their neighbors. He is going to open them to a whole new world, and that is going to make their summer something to remember.

They are not the only ones having a memorable summer; so are his wife, Lillian (Saycon Sengbloh), and their daughter, Kim (Laura Kariuki). Lillian’s sister, Jackie (Phoebe Robinson), comes for a visit, and she takes them for a ride they will never forget.

Jackie is a free spirit, unlike her sister, and because of that, the kids love her. However, Lillian wants her to tame her ways. And she is going to do that in the second episode that airs at 9:30p.

Lillian takes Jackie and her family to church, and she quickly regrets it. But not as much as when she gets a sister a job at her company. Can the wild sister finally be tamed?

And she is not the only one being wild. Little Dean and Keisa (Milan Ray) are sneaking around because she is dating his friend. Who will Keisa choose?

A lot of things happened during the Summer of ’69, both directly and indirectly, to the Williams family. And I can’t wait to watch how the rest of the year plays out for them.

I grew up watching the original Wonder Years, and I loved it. But this one is even better. So I don’t understand why ABC didn’t just hold it for the Fall instead of being all reality. I think the show deserves better than it’s gotten.

So help it find a new audience because this show deserves to stick around. It has a cast that feels like a family and writing that draws you in and keeps you wanting more! We get to experience the era that took us out of the dark ages and ushered in a light we so desperately needed. The Wonder Years does this by telling stories of how one family who is stuck in the middle is going to live in a world that is trapped in the past and welcoming of the future at the same time. Give into the scary change, or stay where it is safe. That is for them to show us. And we are here to watch them experience it all.


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