Planned 'The Goldbergs' spinoff starring Nia Long and Tim Meadows may get second chance at ABC
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Planned 'The Goldbergs' spinoff starring Nia Long and Tim Meadows may get second chance at ABC

ABC initially passed on a spinoff of The Goldbergs set in the '90s starring Tim Meadows, Nia Long as his sister, and Rachel Crow and Summer Parker as their daughters.

But now, the series may get a second chance.

The planned series' pilot will air during The Goldbergs' current season when it returns in January.

Per THR: "The special episode picks up where the Goldbergs leave off at William Penn Academy in the 1990s as former teacher and now head of the school John Glascott (Tim Meadows) leads a faculty with different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy (Nia Long) to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters Felicia (Rachel Crow) and Gigi (Summer Parker) as new students. Lucy is desperate to ensure they avoid the social pitfalls of high school and finds herself torn between Glascott's nurturing and communicative approach to parenting and Coach Mellor's (Bryan Callen) tough-guy belief that physical competition brings out the best in students. Even Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) comes to visit the school's staff despite all her kids having already graduated. and can't help but meddle one last time."

The untitled spinoff is said to have only narrowly missed pick up for this season as ABC ordered the now-canceled The Mayor, upcoming comedies Alex, Inc. and Splitting Up Together, as well as the Roseanne reboot.

"I am beyond grateful that Channing and ABC has decided to give my Goldbergs spinoff show a chance. Last spring, the '90s spinoff tested higher than the Goldbergs pilot so I certainly had high hopes for the project. Young Sheldon has proven that fans are very loyal and will watch a spinoff, so we are hopeful that we make a real splash when it airs so we can begin the conversation again about getting this on the air."

Long also starred in an ABC series briefly in 2016, the failed Uncle Buck series remake with Mike Epps. She currently stars in NCIS: Los Angeles.