Friday, June 21, 2024

ABC’s “The Goldbergs” Keeps Pretending Jeff Garlin’s Character Is Still on the Show– and the Fans Know It


Where in the world is Murray Goldberg?

On Wednesday night Murray’s daughter, Erica, got married to Geoff. But the father of the bride was no there to give her away. Weeks ago, star Jeff Garlin, who plays Murray. left the series in its 9th and probably final season. There were still a lot of episodes yet to be shown.

For weeks, “The Goldbergs” have been pretending Murray is still around. They use stand ins, make oblique references, but Garlin’s face is long gone.

Last night, fans were howling on social media that Murray’s daughter got married and there was no sign of him. His whole family was present. At one point, the narrator referred to “my parents” and there was a shot of a stand in pretending to be Murray from behind, dancing with his wife.

The whole thing is very lame, and the fans know it. Only 3.3 million people watched “The Goldbergs” wedding. Since September the show has lost half a million viewers and dropped around 20% in the key age demo. It’s basically not worth watching without Garlin. If for some reason it’s renewed for a 10th season it’s because ABC has nothing to fill the time slot. (Murray could become what Lars was to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

PS Can’t wait to see Garlin on the next season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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