ABC Renews ‘The Rookie’, ‘The Goldbergs’ & More!
ABC has just handed out a stack of renewals for their shows, which many UK fans will be glad to hear includes new seasons for both ‘The Rookie‘ and ‘The Goldbergs‘ along with a pile of other comedy and dramas.
The US network has given renewals to two dramas – ‘The Rookie’ and ‘A Million Little Things’, both of which return for 4th Seasons, alongside three comedies – ‘The Goldbergs’, which lands a 9th Season, ‘The Conners’ for Season 4, and ‘Home Economics’, which lands a 2nd Season. Out of all those shows, only ‘The Rookie’ and ‘The Goldbergs’ currently air in the UK.
‘The Rookie’ stars Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD, who has used his life experience, determination and sense of humour to keep up with rookies 20 years his junior. In Season 3, Nolan is nearing the end of his training, but now faces his biggest challenge as a police officer when he must come to terms with the choices he has made in pursuit of the truth.
At one stage, ‘The Rookie’ was viewed as a possible “bubble” show due to its Live+Same Day rating, which had us a bit concerned. However, if you look at the larger picture, and include the 35 day delayed viewing across streaming, it almost quadruples its viewing figures, so isn’t nearly as in danger as it first seems.
‘The Goldbergs’ follows the titular family’s escapades in 1980s Pennsylvania. Narrator Adam (Sean Giambrone, with his future self voiced by Patton Oswald) just wants to grow up as a normal, nerdy teenager – and possibly become the world’s greatest filmmaker. That looks pretty unlikely when he’s constantly battling his own family: there’s his smothering but well-meaning mother Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey – ‘Bridesmaids’), his hot-tempered dad Murray (Jeff Garlin – ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’), rebellious and musical sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia), emotional and idiotic brother Barry (Troy Gentile) and beloved grandfather Pops (George Segal – ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’). While the Goldbergs might not always see eye to eye, in this sweet-natured comedy family always comes first.
‘The Goldbergs’ was never in danger of being cancelled, as it’s still one of the highest-rated comedies for ABC. However, it is 8 Seasons in, which is a substantial run for any sitcom, so there was some question as to whether Season 9 could have been announced as a final season. It wasn’t, so the show could still be around for a while yet. Things will be a little different next season though, due to the sad passing of George Segal (Pops), who died in March aged 87 of complications from bypass surgery.
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