1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Michael O'Connell
'The Goldbergs' Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 at ABC
First, ABC handed out a two-season pickup to Modern Family. And now the Disney-owned network is giving the same treatment to The Goldbergs.
The semi-autobiographical comedy from producers Sony Pictures Television has been renewed for seasons five and six at ABC. The pickup comes as the comedy, which ranks as the No. 3 half-hour on broadcast, also has a 1990s-set spinoff in contention at the network.
And when you have a spinoff in the works, a renewal is always a given. The Goldbergs continues to be one of the strongest forces in ABC's comedy lineup. It is its second-strongest, in fact, now trailing only top-rated Modern Family with an average 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers.
Better still, the 1980s family comedy brings a live tune-in to the top of the Wednesday block. It has successfully opened the night all season. The Sony Pictures Television-based single-camera comedy hails from Adam F. Goldberg, who also debuted Imaginary Mary this year, with the Jenna Elfman comedy not expected to return for a second run. Still in consideration is the '90s-set spinoff starring recurring castmembers Bryan Callen and Tim Meadows.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the two-season pickup came after fierce negotiations with ABC and Sony Pictures Television in a bid to reduce the show's licensing fee. ABC owed the full cost of the production on the now veteran sitcom. The per-episode price tag is said to be $3.1 million an episode — a far cry from Modern Family's $5 million per.
The two-season pickups from ABC come as both comedies hail from outside studios (with 20th Century Fox Television behind Modern Family). This upfronts season more than ever, ownership is playing a major role in not only new series pickups but renewals, too, as broadcast networks look to own more of their content in an era of dwindling viewership and financial returns in a softening ad market.
Keep track of all the broadcast renewals, cancelations and series pickups with THR's handy scorecard.