11:39am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Goldbergs' Promotes AJ Michalka to Series Regular (Exclusive)
Here's some good news for Big Tasty: AJ Michalka will be sticking around The Goldbergs.
The ABC comedy has promoted Michalka to series regular for its upcoming third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The actress behind Lainey Lewis has been recurring on Adam F. Goldberg's semi-autobiographical comedy since late in season one, playing Barry Goldberg/Big Tasty's (Troy Gentile) girlfriend and Erica Goldberg's (Hayley Orrantia) best friend.
"Even though my real brother never actually dated much in high school, the minute we cast AJ we knew we found someone special," Goldberg told THR. "She brings such warmth and humor to the only girl brave enough to date Barry Goldberg. We're thrilled that she’s willing to put on those ugly neon '80s outfits and tease up her hair every episode this upcoming season!"
Michalka — who, like Orrantia, is an actress, singer and songwriter — will be a series regular for the first time in her career. Her credits include an MTV special with her sister, Aly Michalka, as well as episodes of The CW's Hellcats, CBS' The Guardian and, more recently, HBO's Silicon Valley. She's repped by Gersh, Primary Wave and McKuin Frankel.
In its second season, The Goldbergs — produced by Sony Pictures Television — found its groove as part of ABC's Wednesday night family comedy block. The series improved 23 percent year-over-year and was ABC's No. 3 comedy among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo. Season three returns in the fall in its same slot on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.