'The Goldbergs' Enlists Judd Hirsch for Familiar Role (Exclusive)

Judd Hirsch and Paul Sorvino Split- 2015

ABC's The Goldbergs is making a change.

Forever alum Judd Hirsch has joined the cast of the third-season comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Hirsch will take over the role of Pop Pop originally portrayed by Paul Sorvino who is Murray's (Jeff Garlin) cantankerous father, who sees the world through mud-covered glasses. As THR previously reported, the character is based on showrunner Adam F. Goldberg's grandfather Ben.

Sources indicate that producers wanted Pop Pop to have a larger presence in season three, and Sorvino had a scheduling conflict.

For Hirsch, meanwhile, the role marks a reunion with ABC after he co-starred on the network's one-and-done drama Forever last season. The Taxi alum's credits also include Damages, Numb3rs and Dear John, as well as an upcoming feature, Independence Day: Resurgence.

The Goldbergs returns Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 8:30 p.m. with "A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party," a nod to the iconic Tom Cruise feature.