Nearly a year after it passed on a 1990s-set spinoff of The Goldbergs that its Jenkintown creator has said was inspired by the teachers of Philadelphia’s William Penn Charter School, ABC Monday announced it had ordered the series for next season.
The untitled half-hour comedy, which sounds as if it has been revamped since the original pilot, will star Goldbergs recurring players Tim Meadows, as Principal Glascott; Bryan Callen, as Coach Mellor; and AJ Michalka, as Lainey Lewis, who’s apparently grown up to be a teacher. The show was created by Adam F. Goldberg, who graduated from Penn Charter in 1994, and Marc Firek. The action takes place at “William Penn Academy,” the same school featured in The Goldbergs, which is set in “1980-something.”
In January 2017, Goldberg, a graduate of Penn Charter whose wife’s parents are teachers, said he intended for the show to portray teachers positively.
“For me, having crazy parents, my teachers were like the sane people who raised me. And they like being there. And, yeah, they don’t make a ton of money. They’re heroes,” Goldberg said.
The Goldbergs, which wraps up its fifth season on May 16, is already renewed for 2018-19, having received a two-season order last spring.
Beyond thrilled that I get to write about my teachers in 1990something and that the amazing Lainey @alyandaj will be at the center in the new version. This happened cause the @goldnerds kept bringing this up to ABC for the last 2 years! So THANK YOU all for the undying support! https://t.co/PB2b87S0Cq
— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) April 16, 2018