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Tim Doyle, who took over for co-creator and showrunner Marc Firek in August, has departed the 1990s-set comedy. In his place, co-executive producers Tom Hertz and Vanessa McCarthy have been elevated to serve as showrunners and will work closely with Schooled co-creator Adam F. Goldberg on the series starring A.J. Michalka and Brett Dier. With Hertz and McCarthy’s deals officially closing, ABC has now picked up nine additional episodes of season two of the show, bringing its total to 22. (That tops the 13-episode run for its first season, when the series launched midseason.)
Sources say Doyle departed weeks ago after his vision for the Goldbergs spinoff was not a match for what ABC, Sony TV and ABC Studios had in mind as the co-producers simply wanted the former Kids Are Alright creator to deepen the characters beyond the first-season storylines. Goldberg stepped in to right the ship following Doyle’s departure. Ultimately, all parties involved agreed to hire new showrunners to allow Goldberg to focus on development for his new home at ABC Studios. He stepped down from running both Schooled and The Goldbergs at the start of the fall season to prep new projects for Disney’s various networks and platforms after signing a sizable overall deal that saw him leave his longtime home at Sony TV. Ultimately, Hertz and McCarthy were selected for the role.
Doyle, meanwhile, remains under an overall deal with ABC Studios and continues to hold out hope that his own semiautobiographical comedy will find a new home. Doyle wrote on a Kids Are Alright fan page in August that despite his now former new role at Schooled he would “continue to beat the drum for a revival at ABC while pursuing all options elsewhere.”
Hertz worked briefly with Doyle on Kids Are Alright and counts CBS’ 9JKL, The Odd Couple, Rules of Engagement and The King of Queens and ABC’s Spin City among their credits. McCarthy, meanwhile, counts American Housewife, Modern Family, Rules of Engagement, Joey and Friends among her credits. She has been with Schooled since its start, while Hertz boarded in season two.
For his part, Goldberg recently departed his longtime home at Sony TV for a lucrative overall deal with ABC Studios. His 1980s-set semi-autobiographical comedy The Goldbergs is produced exclusively by Sony TV and tapped its own new showrunners — Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow — to oversee the flagship series for season seven. Goldberg remains deeply involved in both that and Schooled. With Schooled a co-production between ABC Studios and Sony TV, his move to return as showrunner was a bit easier (contractually speaking, anyway).
The Goldbergs and Schooled air Wednesdays as an hourlong block on ABC. Burke has repeatedly stressed that she hopes both shows continue on into next season — especially as the Disney-owned broadcaster is saying farewell this season to signature comedies Modern Family and Fresh Off the Boat.
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