The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey says that the sitcom would never recast Pops in the wake of George Segal’s departure, promising that the character’s absence will be addressed if the show comes back to season 9. Premiering on ABC in September 2011, The Goldbergs takes place in the 1980s and unfolds through the eyes of a preadolescent as he moves to his adolescent years. The premise is loosely based on the childhood of series creator Adam F. Goldberg.
Segal played with Albert”Pops” Solomon, emerging on the sitcom because of its first time as the easygoing father of Beverly (McLendon-Covey). A war veteran with a comedic side, Pops would grow to be a scene-stealer along with a popular among viewers. In the wake of Segal’s death on March 23, as a consequence of complications in surgery, enthusiasts have wondered how a show would deal with the lack of such a talented and beloved performer. But as Segal’s final appearance as Pops is put to air, McLendon-Covey has supplied an unequivocal response.
The Goldbergs celebrity posted on social networking, ahead of Segal’s final episode on the series, to assure fans that Segal’s role wouldn’t be recast. McLendon-Covey also promised that if the sitcom returns for season 9, the absence of Pops would be addressed. You are able to read McLendon-Covey’s tweet below.
And no, we would NEVER replace George in the role of Pops. If we get a season 9, we will address it then. #TheGoldbergs
— Wendi McLendon-Covey (@wendimclendonco) April 6, 2021
From the tributes that poured in the aftermath of Segal’s passing, it’s clear that he had left his mark on the cast and crew of the sitcom. The series creator said it had been an honour for a little part of Segal’s heritage. His co-stars, including McLendon-Covey and Sean Giambrone, also shared photos and recollections of the time with Segal. While the late actor had several credits to his name, across television and film, from Fun with Dick and Jane into Just Shoot Me!, he’d formed a bond with the cast of The Goldbergs over nearly ten seasons. Recasting the function would probably not sit well with both those involved with the show, in addition to its fans.
Other sitcoms have been required to proceed following the death of a prominent celebrity. Following the passing of John Ritter, 8 Simple Rules changed significantly both in terms of its story and how viewers approached it. When it returned to get new episodes with no Ritter from the lead role, the sitcom was aware to honor the celebrity as well as the character that he portrayed. The Goldbergs today, unfortunately, find itself in a similar circumstance. But it’s good to hear, from one of the show’s stars, which Segal’s gifts will remain unchanged.