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Jenkintown writer sells ABC on his boyhood

Jenkintown's Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In") is bringing his childhood to ABC in "The Goldbergs."

Jenkintown writer sells ABC on his boyhood

Jenkintown's Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In") is bringing his childhood to ABC.

His new sitcom, "The Goldbergs," was one of a dozen new scripted series announced Tuesday by the network in advance of its annual presentation to advertisers in New York, and it's the one ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee singled out several times in a conference call with reporters this morning.

"I really adore this show," Lee said, and he's planning to promote it, along with its buzz-worthy lead-in, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from Joss Whedon (of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and blockbuster movie fame). Which is probably a good idea, since the two shows kick off a night of entirely new series.

"The Goldbergs," which shares not just its Penn Charter grad creator's name but that of one of television's earliest comedies, is set in 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," says ABC of the show, which co-stars Wendi McClendon-Covey as Adam's mother and Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") as his father. George Segal plays his grandfather.

Eight of ABC's new series are on the fall schedule.

Other highlights of the ABC schedule announcement:

--  "Dancing with the Stars," whose audience has aged in recent seasons, will now be a two-hour block on Mondays that will include the results show. Casting, according to Lee, is key in drawing younger viewers back to the show.

-- After failing to launch "Last Resort" and "Missing" at 8 p.m. Thursdays, the network's decided to embrace what Lee calls its audience of "empowered women" and scheduled its "Once Upon a Time" spinoff, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," in that spot, leaving the Shonda Rhimes one-two punch of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" in place.

-- Canceled shows include “666 Park Avenue,” “Body of Proof,” “Don’t Trust the B--- in Apartment 23,” “Family Tools,” “Happy Endings,” “How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life,” “Last Resort,” “Malibu Country,” “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” as well as “Private Practice,” which ended its six-season run in January.

-- Lee, who also heads ABC Studios, said he'd be happy if "Body of Proof" were to find another home on a cable network.

-- "The Neighbors" is moving to Fridays.

-- Besides "S.H.I.E.L.D." (I'm going to get tired of that punctuation) and "The Goldbergs," new fall shows include: "Trophy Wife,"a comedy about a "reformed party girl" named Kate (Malin Akerman) who becomes the third wife of Pete (Bradley Whitford) and acquires a large extended family; "Lucky 7," a drama from Steven Spielberg about seven gas station employees in Queens who are in a lottery pool together; "Back in the Game," a comedy about a former softball star and single mother  (Maggie Lawson) who moves in with her estranged father (James Caan) and decides to coach a Little League team for athletically challenged misfits, including her son; "Super Fun Night," a show about three girlfriends (Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash) who've had a standing date every Friday for 13 years and now face a  change in routine; "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," the "Once Upon a Time" spinoff featuring British ac tress Sophie Lowe as Alice;  and "Betrayal," about lovers (Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend) who find themselves on "opposite sides of a murder investigation."

 

Here's a look at ABC's fall schedule:

MONDAY:                  8:00 p.m.         “Dancing with the Stars”

                                    10:00 p.m.       “Castle”

 

TUESDAY:                  8:00 p.m.         “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

                                    9:00 p.m.         “The Goldbergs”

                                    9:30 p.m.         “Trophy Wife”

                                    10:00 p.m.       “Lucky 7”

 

WEDNESDAY:            8:00 p.m.         “The Middle”

                                    8:30 p.m.         “Back in the Game”

                                    9:00 p.m.         “Modern Family”

                                    9:30 p.m.         “Super Fun Night”

                                    10:00 p.m.       “Nashville”

 

THURSDAY:               8:00 p.m.         “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”

                                    9:00 p.m.         “Grey’s Anatomy”

                                    10:00 p.m.       “Scandal”

 

FRIDAY:                      8:00 p.m.         “Last Man Standing”

                                    8:30 p.m.         “The Neighbors”

                                    9:00 p.m.         “Shark Tank”

                                    10:00 p.m.       “20/20”

 

SATURDAY:               8:00 p.m.         “Saturday Night College Football”

 

SUNDAY:                    7:00 p.m.         “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

                                    8:00 p.m.         “Once Upon a Time”

                                    9:00 p.m.         “Revenge”

                                    10:00 p.m.       “Betrayal”

 

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