This Wednesday, if you tune in to watch ABC’s 1980’s sitcom, The Goldbergs, you may find yourself a little confused. That’s because the network is taking the unusual step of airing a failed spinoff pilot in place of this week’s episode.
The spinoff, originally produced with the title Schooled, will instead air this week under the title The Goldbergs: 1990-Something.
Saturday Night Live veteran Tim Meadows plays the lead role in the spinoff, reprising his Goldbergs role as Principal Andre Glascott.
Fan favorite character, Coach Rick Mellor, played by actor Bryan Callen, co-stars in the pilot, alongside actress Nia Long as Principal Glascott’s sister (who also works at the school).
Schooled was being prepped to debut last fall as part of the 2017-2018 television season, but ABC ultimately decided to pass on the new series.
Insiders considered that a strange decision, as the pilot actually tested better with audiences than The Goldbergs did before it made it to air.
Another rumor says that contractual issues with the cast made it extremely difficult for ABC to go forward with the spinoff series.
In fact, Meadows has now moved on to starring in the CBS All Access show, No Activity, while Long has joined the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Nonetheless, creator Adam F. Goldberg is optimistic the network may give Schooled another chance if the pilot is received well by audiences this week.
“I’m really happy that ABC is at least giving it a shot an airing it as an episode,” says Goldberg. “Maybe we can build a case for ABC to consider it again, which would be amazing.”
Networks traditionally produce multiple pilots for potential shows every year but very rarely do rejected projects see the light of day. The Goldbergs: 1990-Something will air this Wednesday during The Goldbergs‘ usual timeslot at 9/8c on ABC.