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The Goldbergs Spinoff & Household Name Starring Carol Burnett Receive Pilot Orders at ABC



ABC is moving forward with its Carol Burnett comedy.

The network on Thursday handed out an official pilot order to the comedy, now known as Household Name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Executive produced by Parks and Recreation grad Amy Poehler, the multicamera comedy follows a family who has an opportunity to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: they must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger than life actress (Burnett).

Mad Men, The Middle, Murphy Brown alum Michael Saltzman, who grew up idolizing Burnett, will pen the script for the comedy that landed at ABC in a competitive situation with a put-pilot commitment in October. The comedy marks Saltzman's return to multicamera fare. Poehler will executive produce the comedy alongside her Universal TV-based Paper Kite topper Brooke Posch, 3 Arts' Dave Becky and the Nacelle Co.'s Michael Pelmont. Burnett will also be credited as an EP.



ABC has given a pilot pickup to a spinoff from its 1980s comedy series The Goldbergs, which comes from The Goldbergs creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg, executive producers Marc Firek, Happy Madison and Seth Gordon and Sony TV.

Written by Goldberg and Firek and starring Bryan Callen, the untitled single-camera project is set in the 1990s and follows two high school teachers who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school, the same school Adam (Sean Giambrone) graduated from.

One of the teachers is coach Mr. Mellor, a recurring character on the mothership series played by Bryan Callen. I hear the intent is for Tim Meadows to also reprise his recurring character as guidance counselor Andre Glascott but there are no deals in place. The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg referenced Meadows when he discussed the spinoff at TCA in January.

The pilot is inspired by Goldberg’s wife — whose parents are teachers — and Goldbergs EP Marc Firek, who is also a writer on the spinoff; his sister and father are teachers, Goldberg said, adding, “Right now, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is scripted to be in the pilot. So there’s a lot of crossover with the Goldbergs show.”
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