4:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Goldbergs' Taking on New Kids on the Block
ABC's The Goldbergs is taking on another seminal '80s band.
Six months after showrunner Adam F. Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter that he was interested in a New Kids on the Block episode, the story has made its way into a script.
THR has learned that the sophomore comedy will take on the boy band behind The Right Stuff, Step by Step and albums including Hangin' Tough more with an episode fittingly titled for NKOTB's Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg andDanny Wood: "DannyDonnieJoeyJonJordan." Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane will pen the episode, with David Katzenberg set to direct.
While an air date has not yet been determined, the episode will see Barry (Troy Gentile) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) discover a box of Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) embarrassing NKOTB memorabilia. Naturally, the brothers take their taunting to an extreme that, as per usual, backfires in epic and hilarious proportions. The episode will also feature Gentile and Giambrone showing off their '80s dance moves, as one would naturally expect. Production on the episode is currently under way.
"I have a whole episode mapped out in my head about the time that me and Chad Kremp became obsessed with the New Kids. It started out in jest, and we ended up really loving their music. And that's perfect for Adam and Barry," Goldberg told THRin April.
The news comes days after The Goldbergs firmed up plans to for another Goonies-type tribute episode, dubbed Adam's Folly, when the series takes on John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
NKOTB has been seeing a renaissance of late. In addition to the group's TVGN reality series Rock the Boat, the band's "The Right Stuff" was just featured on MTV's Faking It, when girl group Fifth Harmony covered the track.
And because you know you can't resist, check out NKOTB's "Step by Step," below. Place your bets for which song(s) The Goldbergs will take on in the comments section. The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Tune in tonight to see the return of Gentile's famous Big Tasty.