I couldn't have asked for a better actor to play little geeky Adam Goldberg. I'm basically writing lines I said as a kid and then letting Sean run with it. The truth is, I was a devilish little punk. Sean is the opposite of that. He's the sweetest most polite kid I've ever met -- which is why I think it works so well. He just makes everything I write so damn lovable!!!
2) Being the huge Curb Your Enthusiasm fans that we are, we love seeing Jeff Garlin on the show. What is it like working with Jeff?
Jeff is more than the father on the show-- he's the father on the set. He sets the tone on the stage, keeping everyone laughing all day long and whipping the kids into shape. Remember, Jeff is the co-creator of one of the greatest comedies of our time. He knows what it means to be a showrunner and the pressure I'm under every day. My favorite part about Jeff is that he'll just call me out of the blue and say, "I know it's hard. Take a deep breath. I appreciate and love everything you're doing". And then I'll go, "Annnnnd?" And he'll say -- "That's it!" You really can't ask for more than that.
3) You pitched the show in 2011, and it was turned down. Did you actively pursue the network to pick it up, or did you give up on that particular idea until they came to you?
Actually, this was the only time in my career where every network wanted my pitch. Fox
initially bought it. The problem was that I had another show called Breaking In at the same time -- which holds the honor of being tied for most cancellations of a series ever. That show was always in such limbo at Fox that it kept bumping the Goldbergs. When Breaking In finally got cancelled for good, I was able to turn my attention to The Goldbergs was off-schedule and I didn't want to wait a whole season to do it. ABC pounced and scooped it up to be shot ASAP.
4) What does your family think of the show? Did you meet with any objections from family about doing a show based on their lives?
The real Goldbergs love it. Every week they get to see an homage to our crazy family growing up. They've been incredibly supportive.
5) When will we see a cameo from Fred Savage or Kirk Cameron?
Funny enough, Fred and I have been friends for a long time. He is honestly among the nicest, funniest and most talented guys in this business. Many people don't know this, but Fred is one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood having worked on everything from Always Sunny to Modern Family to Party Down. When The Goldbergs got picked up I called him and said, “You can direct any episode you want and as many as you want.” But he was already booked!!! I've been very vocal about how The Wonder Years is one of the reasons I became a writer and Fred's performance on the show had such an impact on my life. It would be a full circle moment to have him come direct an episode, so if we get a season 2 he will be the first person I call.
As for Kirk Cameron? I get the feeling he may not return my calls.
6) Being from Philadelphia, and growing up a huge Flyers fan, you've made it a point to include the Flyers logo in every episode. Has anyone from the organization reached out to you regarding the free press?
The Flyers immediately reached out! They got Mike Bullard, my favorite player from the late 80s team, to sign my jersey. Now he emails me to tell me about how he likes the episodes. So surreal!!!
7) What are your favorite places to visit when you come back to the city? Do you have any favorite bars or restaurants that you make it a point to get to before you leave?'
First stop, Lee's Hoagies. I order a Cheltenham. Then I always see a movie at the Hiway theater in Jenkintown. And the grand finale is Sang-Kee Noodle House downtown.