Sunday, April 14, 2024

TV: When “The Goldbergs” Returns, Jeff Garlin’s Murray Will Have Been Dead a While


When “The Goldbergs,” a show you’ve never watched, returns next month for a 10th season, Jeff Garlin’s Murray will have been dead a few months. They don’t even sit shiva for him.

It’s unclear if Garlin, who stars on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” knows or cares.

“The Goldbergs” showrunner, Alex Barrow, tells Entertainment Weekly: “I’ve had a conversation with Jeff and he’s aware that he’s not being replaced. The truth is, I don’t know if he knows what his fate is, but I’m assuming he knows, would be the answer to that question. We haven’t had a subsequent conversation since the beginning of writing that he would have any specific clarity on that.”

Garlin was forced off “The Goldbergs” in its 9th season because someone in the cast thought he spoke inappropriately on the set. Garlin and the great George Segal were the only reasons to watch this show. Without them, there isn’t one.

I do hope Larry David somehow parodies this PC nonsense on “Curb” when that show returns for its 12th season to HBO. I’d love to see the fictional Goldberg family get chewed out Susie Essman.

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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