6:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Goldbergs' 1990s-Set Pilot to Air on ABC
ABC is giving The Goldbergs' 1990s-set spinoff a second chance.
The network announced Monday that Schooled, the Adam F. Goldberg-created spinoff — passed over at the network in May — is going to air as an episode of the flagship series later this month. The episode, fittingly, is titled "The Goldbergs: 1990-Something."
The special episode picks up where the Goldbergs leave off at William Penn Academy in the 1990s as former teacher and now head of the school John Glascott (Tim Meadows) leads a faculty with different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy (Nia Long) to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters Felicia (Rachel Crow) and Gigi (Summer Parker) as new students. Lucy is desperate to ensure they avoid the social pitfalls of high school and finds herself torn between Glascott's nurturing and communicative approach to parenting and Coach Mellor's (Bryan Callen) tough-guy belief that physical competition brings out the best in students. Even Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) comes to visit the school's staff, despite all her kids having already graduated. and can't help but meddle one last time.
The Goldbergs spinoff narrowly missed the cut in May as ABC instead picked up comedies Alex Inc., The Mayor, Splitting Up Together and the Roseanne revival. Producers Sony Pictures Television shopped the project, with Hulu — which has SVOD rights — briefly considering a series pickup.
"I am beyond grateful that [ABC Entertainment president] Channing [Dungey] and ABC has decided to give my Goldbergs spinoff show a chance," showrunner Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter. "Last spring, the '90s spinoff tested higher than the Goldbergs pilot, so I certainly had high hopes for the project. [CBS' recently 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."
Goldberg, Marc Firek and Doug Robinson executive produced the spinoff, which was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (The Goldbergs) and written by Firek.
For her part, Dungey told THR that should the spinoff perform well on its own, ABC could consider going to series with it. "It's up in the air; we haven't had a real discussion about that yet. I'm excited because there were so many things about the pilot that I really loved and I'm excited to share that with audiences. After that, we'll see what happens," she said. "We have one more season of The Goldbergs. The show is doing really well for us. At the moment, I'm hopeful we have more down the road. I'm excited to see how [the spinoff] plays and what the audience's response to it is."
The Goldbergs, which recently celebrated its 100th episode, is already renewed for next season, which could be the show's final run.
The Goldbergs' 1990s episode is set to air Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.