AceShowbiz - Rejoice, "The Goldbergs" fans. ABC has picked up a spin-off to the comedy to series for 2018-19 season. The new series will be headlined by Tim Meadows's character Principal Glasscott.
Also starring on the upcoming series, which pilot aired as an episode of "The Goldbergs" in January, are AJ Michalka and Bryan Callen. AJ will play Lainey Lewis, while Bryan is set to return as Coach Mellor. The official logline of the spin-off states that "despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives," Principal Glasscott, Coach Mellor and Lainey Lewis are "heroes to their students."
The initial plan was to develop the series for the current TV season, but the network had different thoughts about it. It was ordered last February but was not picked up to series. However, the network decided to air it as a backdoor pilot in the January 24 episode of "The Goldbergs" titled "The Goldbergs: 1990-Something" as a gesture that ABC might consider giving the project a try.
"It just kind of came and went," Adam F. Goldberg, the mothership show creator, previously said. "It's really bizarre to us. I was told they wanted a workplace show. Ours was a family meets the workplace. That fit into what they wanted to do. It had a diverse cast they were looking for, and it had two of the most popular characters from its No. 2 show."
"I'm really happy that ABC is at least giving it a shot an airing it as an episode," Adam said of ABC airing the project as an episode. "Maybe we can build a case for ABC to consider it again, which would be amazing."
Though it hasn't been confirmed, the yet-untitled spin-off reportedly will be having 13 episodes. Written by Marc Firek based on a story created by him and Adam, the spin-off will be set in the '90s at William Penn Academy,
Adam will serve as executive producer for the new series alongside Firek, Doug Robinson, Sony Pictures TV and ABC TV Studios.
While the spin-off hasn't had a release date, "The Goldbergs" was recently renewed for season 6. The show's current season 5 airs on Wednesdays at 8 P.M. on ABC.