12:03pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Goldbergs' Books Rob Huebel, Paul Sorvino for Season 2 (Exclusive)
ABC's The Goldbergs is lining up its season two guest cast.
Paul Sorvino, Rob Huebel and Dan Bakkedahl have joined the 1980s-set comedy inspired by the life of showrunner Adam F. Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Sorvino (Goodfellas, Law & Order) is set to portray Murray's (Jeff Garlin) father Pop-Pop. The character is based on Goldberg's grandfather, Ben, and described as a cranky, put-upon curmudgeon who has been emotionally unavailable to his children for their entire lives. Pop-Pop's life has been riddled with disappointment and regret, most notably refusing to be an original investor in 7-Up because "no one drinks clear soda."
Huebel (Childrens Hospital) will play John Calabasas, a smooth-talking talent scout who suckers naive wannabe models into forking over cash for headshots and catwalk lessons. The character is based on the scammers who trolled the malls in the '80s.
Bakkedahl (Legit, Veep) is set as Mr. Woodburn, the easily excitable and argumentative middle-school science teacher who isn't afraid to engage in a debate with his students.
The three actors, who will appear in different episodes, join a roster of previously announced guest stars including Ana Gasteyer as drama teacher Miss Cinoman and David Spade as a shady guy who works at a photo shop making fake IDs for teens.
Goldberg told THR in April that season two would feature a tribute episode to John Hughes much in the same vein of its Goonies installment and a potential ode to the New Kids on the Block, among others.
The Goldbergs returns Sept. 24 in its new time slot on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Catch the top four episodes of season one — as determined by fans — in a marathon this Wednesday from 8-10 p.m., featuring "Why're You Hitting Yourself," "Goldbergs Never Say Die!" "You Opened the Door" and "Call Me When You Get There."