The Goldbergs on ABC handled the contentious departure of a lead actor by murdering their character off-screen, similar to The Conners and Two And A Half Men.
Showrunner Alex Barnow revealed the fate of the Goldberg family patriarch Murray last month when he stated in an interview that Season 10 will pick up several months after Murray’s passing.
The Season 10 debut tonight addressed Murray’s disappearance in the voiceover opening, which Adam used to recap what the various family members had been up to over the summer.
The music shifted from hectic to solemn as the camera slowly moved from one side of the living room, where family members were arriving and departing in fast-forward, to the other, where Murray’s favorite chair lay vacant. Adam stated, “That year, there was one change that made everything halt.”
Adam continued as the room went dark and a spotlight was placed above the chair. “We lost my dad just a few months ago, out of the blue,” he added. “Dad, we love you forever. Always. And together, we’ll figure out how to move forward. Since we are the Goldbergs, of course.
Murray’s favorite chair, which was originally shown for Adam’s introduction and later transformed into a glider for the nursery for Erica’s child, served as a constant reminder of him to the family. Most of Beverly’s other possessions were given up, much to his reluctance.
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Garlin left The Goldbergs in December of last year as a result of HR inquiries into complaints of misconduct.
According to Barnow’s comments from a month ago, “this is going to be a family that has not resolved the fact that their father is gone but has sort of moved on and has coped with a lot of it.”
“We’re beginning out with hope for [Erica’s] upcoming pregnancy and the future. It presents a chance to explore the intriguing emotional underpinnings of how people behave.
Jeffrey Garlin is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for playing Murray Goldberg on the HBO Sitcom. ABC’s The Goldbergs death with the controversial exit of a lead actor by the killing of their character off-screen. The ABC Sitcom confirmed that season 10 which premieres on September 21, will start sans Garlin’s character, Murray.
Last season sparked controversy after a stand-in was used for Garlin’s Murray following toxic workplace allegations and HR complaints against the actor.