ABC is looking to double-down on one of its hit comedy series with a new Goldbergs spin-off set a decade after the original show. The network is finalizing a deal with Adam F. Goldberg, who will executive produce an untitled spin-off of his hit series The Goldbergs, set in the 1990s, that centers on Bryan Callen's character Coach Melor. Bryan Callen's character has appeared in 17 episodes of The Goldbergs, starting with the 10th episode of Season 1.
Deadline reports that the series will center on Coach Melor and another teacher, who both become an "unlikely father figure" to the school secretary's three rambunctious children. It remains to be seen if any of the other characters from The Goldbergs will cross over into the show, which would make matters interesting since both shows would be set a decade apart. It also wasn't stated if this new show means Bryan Callen's Coach Melor will no longer be a recurring character on the flagship series.
Mark Firek, a writer and executive producer on The Goldbergs, will write the pilot script for The Goldbergs spin-off. The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg executive producing alongside Firek, Happy Madison's Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon and Sony Pictures Television. ABC has handed out a script commitment with a high-six-figure penalty to the single-camera comedy project.
ABC had previously tried to create a comedy spin-off based off another one of its hit Wednesday night comedy shows, Modern Family. The network had originally conceived a series based off a recurring character played by Rob Riggle, but the network decided to go through the regular development season as a stand alone pilot. As for The Goldbergs, the show is currently in its fourth season, which has already included a Halloween tribute to Stephen King's Misery.
This news comes after talk surfaced regarding a Stranger Things crossover with The Goldbergs, which started with a Twitter exchange between Adam F. Goldberg and Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy. Adam F. Goldberg revealed in September that he actually does have an idea of how to cross over the Netflix show with The Goldbergs, which would continue his working relationship with Shawn Levy, who is producing Adam F. Goldberg's upcoming series Imaginary Mary.