Hit ABC Comedy renewed with written main character

In a move previously predicted by a new talent contract, Variety brings the news that The Goldbergs renewed for a tenth season. The hit ABC comedy recently made headlines and saw a big change behind the scenes when longtime star Jeff Garlin, who played family patriarch Murray Goldberg, left the series after an investigation into his early behavior, including allegations of sexual harassment. According to trade, no firm plans have been made as to how Garlin’s departure from the series will be handled in the new season, but he is expected to be written out of the show when it returns.

As viewers may recall, his character continued to appear despite Garlin’s departure from the series, whom he did not call “fired” despite reports. One episode of an episode went viral after a CG version of him appeared in a scene alongside a body double and dialogue re-cut to fit the scene’s context. Despite all this, The Goldbergs is currently the longest-running live-action sitcom on network television and continues to be a major hit for ABC, averaging over 4 million viewers per episode.

In response to a critique of the show’s “fixes” being used in place of the presence of Garlin, which the user said “doesn’t work,” series star Wendi McLendon-Covey had this to say: “Thanks for the great suggestion Noel! This season threw us for a loop because a.) it’s hard to include someone who doesn’t want to be there and leave the scene halfway through, and b.) we weren’t going to watch the 2nd half of the season rewrite. do our best.”

McLendon-Covey, on the other hand, recently signed a new deal with ABC that not only made the road to season 10 very likely, but also included an option for the actress to return and anchor an eleventh season of the comedy.

The Goldbergs also stars Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille”) as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile (“Good Luck Chuck”) as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”) as Erica Goldberg and Sam Lerner as Geoff Schwartz. Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Alex Barnow, Chris Bishop, Annette Davis, Mike Sikowitz, Bill Callahan, David Guarascio and Annie Mebane are executive producers. New episodes of the series air Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC and the season nine finale airs in May.

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