In an effort to venture out of the Aquanetted ’80s but still steer clear of our dismal present, ABC’s announced that it’s giving a script commitment to a ’90s-based spin-off centering on the gym teacher from The Goldbergs. (Yes, really.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, the alphabet network’s betting that Goldbergs fans want to learn even more about Coach Rick Mellor. Bryan Callen, whom you might otherwise remember from MADtv, originated the role on the ABC sitcom, where the part’s gradually expanded over the show’s run. But this gym teacher-centered spin-off will give viewers two times the dodgeball advice by having Mellor team up with some other male high school teacher as they become surrogate parents to the three children of another employee. All this parenting will take place in the ’90s, presumably long after the youngest Goldberg kid’s made their way out of school. Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg is writing the script with regular collaborator Mark Firek; Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson and Seth Gordon will executive produce.
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