ABC Orders 'The Goldbergs' Spin-Off Centering on Principal Glascott

AJ Michalka will reprise her role as Lainey from the flagship and join the cast of the offshoot which has received a 13-episode order following a unique path to the screen

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While the original series was set in the 1980s, the new spinoff will be set in the 1990-somethings.

Almost 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 initial plan was to develop the series for the current TV season, but the network had different thoughts about it. The story will come from Marc Firek and Adam F. Goldberg, the writer that the show is based on.

The network announced Monday that it is picking up 13 episodes of a '90s-set spinoff from The Goldbergs starring Tim Meadows as Principal Glascott, Bryan Callen as Coach Mellor and AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis. The official logline of the spin-off states that "despite their eccentricities and insane personal lives", Principal Glasscott, Coach Mellor and Lainey Lewis are "heroes to their students".

As a result of its success, it was natural that ABC would try to spin it off, though their attempt last pilot season failed. Now, the spinoff will air during the 2018-2019 season. It was the highest-rated episode of the season at that point. I was told they wanted a workplace show. Like the mothership series, it will be a co-production by Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios. "It had a diverse cast they were looking for, and it had two of the most popular characters from its No. 2 show".

The Goldbergs has been one of ABC's most successful and consistent sitcoms since it debuted back in 2013.

Sean Giambrone stars as Adam, alongside Jeff Garlin as his father and Wendi McLendon-Covey as his mom. Goldberg and exec producer Marc Firek kept the idea alive, however, and ABC aired the pilot as an episode of "The Goldbergs" in January. Also featured in the series is Adam's grandfather Al "Pops" Solomon (played by character actor George Segal).

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