ABC Orders ‘The Goldbergs’ Spinoff Series
The teachers of William Penn Academy are coming front and center
Popular supporting characters from ABC’s “The Goldbergs” are getting their own spinoff series on ABC. The network confirmed a straight-to-series order based on the hit comedy, and season one is currently slated for the 2018-2019 season.
While the original series was set in the 1980s, the new spinoff will be set in the 1990-somethings. This means we can trade in Erica’s New Kids on the Block fandom for Barry’s newfound love of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. As of right now it’s unclear how much of a role the original cast will have in the new series, it will most likely be reserved for special episodes and rating bumps, but more information will be released as we get closer to the premiere. We do know that the new spinoff will follow the teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis). The story will come from Marc Firek and Adam F. Goldberg, the writer that the show is based on. The teleplay is from Marc Firek.
If you haven’t started watching “The Goldbergs” yet, we couldn’t recommend it enough. The show centers on the youngest sibling Adam (played by Sean Giambrone), as he documents the life and antics of his outrageous family. Also featured in the show is his smother-mother Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and his pants-less father Murray (Jeff Garlin). Adam has an older sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and an older brother Barry (Troy Gentile), and throughout the seasons the entire cast really finds a place in the story. Also featured in the series is Adam’s grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (played by character actor George Segal).
It makes sense that ABC would want to secure another show to continue “The Goldbergs” a few more years. Like most shows that feature a younger-cast, the series has been forced to branch-out from the original season’s story-lines, now that the actors are aging out of their original roles. Sister Erica has already been shipped off to college, though the writers have been pretty good at finding ways to bring her back to the nest, and Adam is only a few more years from leaving high-school himself.