Season 1 of “The Goldbergs” hit on a fairly large number of 1980s artifacts, from “Return of the Jedi” to Reebok Pump sneakers. One big part of the decade’s culture, however, was strangely missing from the ABC comedy: MTV.
Creator Adam F. Goldberg says it’s not for lack of trying. “We wanted to use [MTV’s] old logos and videos in the pilot, but they rejected us,” he tells Vulture. “MTV said they wanted to look to the future, and not dwell on the past. I hope they change their minds and realize they defined my generation — and need to be celebrated.”
Goldberg also says he “couldn’t be happier” that the show is moving to Wednesday nights, between “The Middle” and “Modern Family,” for Season 2 (repeats will also air there throughout the summer).
Because the show is set in “1980-something” rather than a specific year, Goldberg says the show’s teenage characters will remain the same age when Season 2 starts. The trigger for moving on-screen Adam (Sean Giambrone) up a grade will be when Sean’s voice starts to change. When that happens, an episode dealing with Adam’s bar mitzvah probably won’t be far behind.
“I would love to do a Bar Mitzvah episode,” Goldberg tells Vulture. “The question is: What is the right story that feels universal? This show is all about tapping into my painful childhood memories that we all had — so it’s just about finding a great way in. The song choice would have to be ‘One Moment in Time,’ by Whitney Houston. They played that like five times that night.”