The ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs” launches its 10th season this fall, but without Jeff Garlin’s patriarch Murray, who has been killed off. Premiering Sept. 21, Season 10 also introduce a new member to the family, as newlyweds Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Geoff (Sam Lerner) have their first child.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Alex Barnow and Chris Bishop shared how “The Goldbergs” will deal with Garlin’s controversial departure from the series midway through its ninth season. Garlin’s exit was a “mutual agreement” between himself and Sony Pictures Television following an HR investigation into his on-set behavior. Barnow said: “This is going to be a family that has not reconciled the fact that their father’s gone but has sort of moved on and has dealt with a lot of that. So we’re starting with optimism about a baby coming and looking forward to the future. It’s an opportunity for this interesting emotional basis for the way people are behaving.” Bishop added: “It honestly feels like a huge reboot for us. So we have tons of momentum rolling into this new season.”
The series was filming the 15th and 16th episodes of Season 9 when Garlin was suddenly off the show due to the allegations of inappropriate behavior. However, the star still appeared via off-camera dialogue pulled from earlier episodes and unused takes, as well as previously shot images.
Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com