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It seems like retro is the name of the game for family sitcoms this year. While Fox is taking us back to the 90s with Chris Meloni next season with Surviving Jack, ABC has The Goldbergs on deck to transport us further back, to the mid-80s and into the lives of the Goldberg family. The series comes from Adam Goldberg and stars Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey and Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin as the patriarchs of the Goldberg family.
In addition to Goldberg, this series also has the comedic power of Happy Madison productions behind it. Here's ABC's official description for the comedy, which is set to air at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, immediately following Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade-A spaz with classic middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who's crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al "Pops" Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who's schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it's enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.
"The Goldbergs" stars Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") as Beverly, Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") as Murray, George Segal ("Don't Shoot Me") as Pops, Hayley Orrantia ("The X Factor") as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam and Troy Gentile ("Good Luck Chuck") as Barry.
"The Goldbergs" was written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") and also executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses"). "The Goldbergs" is from Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
I've been hopeful about this project since we first heard about it last fall. Back then, the pilot was described as "a dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times." The trailer appears to live up to that description, showing us a whacky sitcom family living in a retro setting, which is likely to incite a bit of nostalgia for those of us who grew up during that time. Of the comedies lined up for the 2013-2014 season, The Goldbergs is one of the ones I'm most hopeful about. I'm also especially grateful that the title has been switched to the family name, from How the F--- Am I Normal. I'm also grateful for this awkward Goldberg family photo, complete with matching Cosby sweaters...
ABC has The Goldbergs scheduled to air Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out the full ABC Fall 2013 schedule here.
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