For those of you who are fans of The Goldbergs, I've got some awesome news for you! The 1990's set spinoff series that was formerly known as Schooled, has been picked up by ABC. The new series has been given a 13-episode order and according to THR, former Goldbergs series regular AJ Michalka, who played Barry's ex-girlfriend Lainey, has joined the cast!
I liked that character so it's good to see that she'll be back to lead the spinoff series. The new show will "follow the teachers of William Penn Academy — led by Tim Meadows' Principal Glascott, Bryan Callen's Coach Mellor and Michalka's Lainey Lewis — who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students."
The backdoor pilot episode titled, "1990-Something," already aired as an episode of The Goldbergs and I thought it was great. The spinoff had to be retooled a bit after the original star Nia Long was not available for it. According to the report, "Long was set to star in the single-camera comedy about two teachers (Callen and Meadows) who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school. The original pilot revolved around Glascott, now the principal, and his sister (Long), who sends her two teenage daughters (Rachel Crow, Summer Parker) to the high school where she winds up teaching."
Adam F. Goldberg and Marc Firek created the series and when previously talking about it, Goldberg said:
"Last spring, the '90s spinoff tested higher than the Goldbergs pilot, so I certainly had high hopes for the project. [CBS' already-renewed] Young Sheldon has proven that fans are very loyal and will watch a spinoff, so we are hopeful that we make a real splash when it airs so we can begin the conversation again about getting this on the air."
The Goldbergs will be going into its sixth season and there's a good chance it will go beyond that. One thing they do know is how the series will come to an end. According to Goldberg, that end will come with Adam graduating high school. He previously said:
"The last episode is Adam's [Sean Giambrone] high school graduation, which marks the end of his childhood. I'd love to go beyond season six, but it will always be set in the '80s. We have yet to run out of any videos of mine, and there's just so much from that decade I love. And I don't want to set it in the '90s because I hope that one day that will be the spinoff of some sort."
And now that spinoff is happening! The series will air during the 2018-19 broadcast season. Are you happy to hear that The Goldbergs 90's spinoff series got picked up?