11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Goldbergs,' 'Schooled' Renewed at ABC
ABC is doubling down on The Goldbergs and Schooled.
The Disney-owned network has renewed The Goldbergs for a seventh season and picked up its 1990s-set spinoff Schooled for a sophomore order. The news arrives after a particularly long round of negotiations into late Friday night between ABC and producers Sony Pictures Television, which also included pickups for rookie drama For Life and multicamera entry United We Fall.
In its sixth season, the 1980s-set semi-autobiographical Goldbergs, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, has been a major asset for ABC. The single-camera comedy from Sony TV is ABC's No. 3 overall comedy, ranking behind only Modern Family and Roseanne spinoff The Conners. With the renewals, ABC and creator Adam F. Goldberg will keep their hourlong block of comedy as is.
With Modern Family returning for its final run next season, The Goldbergs is increasingly valuable. The Goldbergs — based on Goldberg's 1980s childhood — has been a cash cow for Sony, netting a rich syndication deal with Tribune and SVOD pact with Hulu.
Schooled, meanwhile, has a great backstory. Former Sony TV heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht fought to save the series after ABC passed on the pilot back in 2017. After initially shopping the series (Hulu passed), Sony and Goldberg pressed former ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey to air the pilot as an episode of The Goldbergs. Ratings for the episode ticked up, and the comedy was retooled to add The Goldbergs favorite AJ Michalka (Lainey) as its new star before ABC handed out a 13-episode series order. Goldberg created the series alongside The Goldbergs' Marc Firek. Bryan Clalen and Tim Meadows also reprise their roles from the flagship on the single-camera spinoff that originally starred Nia Long, Missi Pyle and Ana Gasteyer.
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