The Real Reason Adam F. Goldberg Stepped Down as ‘The Goldbergs’ Showrunner

Season 7 of The Goldbergs already had a major shakeup behind the scenes. After six seasons at the helm, show creator and executive producer, Adam F. Goldberg stepped down as showrunner. The show is loosely based on Goldberg’s formative years.

‘The Goldbergs’ Season 7 welcome two show veterans

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Executive producers, Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow, have been with the show from its 2013 premiere. They will take over Goldberg’s role moving forward. Bishop and Barnow have multi-year overall deals with Sony Pictures TV through 2021, according to Deadline.

Bishop is known for work as a producer on Breaking In. He was also a writer on Schooled and Still Standing (and obviously, a producer on The Goldbergs). His IMDb page lists a slew of other projects to date.

Aside from his producing credit for The Goldbergs, Barnow’s work includes the feature films, Shaft, and ‘Til Death, along with a lengthy list of other projects.

The real reason Adam F. Goldberg left the show

Back in May, Goldberg exited Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series, for a four-year deal at ABC Studios where he will focus on developing the Disney TV Studios unit. The move wasn’t completely unexpected, sources say he will remain involved as executive producer alongside Bishop, Barnow, Doug Robinson and Annette Davis. He is giving up the day-to-day showrunner responsibilities.

How will ‘The Goldbergs’ move forward without Adam F. Goldberg?

As one of ABC’s highest-rated sitcoms, The Goldbergs Season 7 premiere begins Wednesday, September 25 at 9 p.m, with the first episode highlighting a National Lampoon-style trip to Disney Land.

As Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile) prepare to leave for college, Beverly (Wendi Mclendon-Covey) and Murray (Jeff Garlin) plan one last family hurrah. Guest stars include Anthony Michael Hall and Christie Brinkley for this ’80s homage.

To kick things off, “Vacation” was written by Barnow and Bishop, directed by Lew Schneider, and executive produced by Goldberg. It’s unclear if season 7 will continue the same level of magic without Goldberg’s hand in the day-to-day operations.

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According to Variety, Goldberg’s crossover sitcom, Schooled, also had a change in showrunners. The Kids are Alright creator, Tim Doyle will take over Schooled for its second season. He is replacing Marc Firek, co-creator with Goldberg.

The Goldbergs without Adam F. Goldberg feels wrong. At least Bishop and Barnow know the show from the inside out. Regardless, the ’80s nostalgia from Goldberg’s footage can’t go on forever. Maybe it’s time for a shakeup.