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The Goldbergs Risky Business Episode

The Goldbergs to Pay Homage to Risky Business, But 'Thriller' Is Off Limits

Take those old records off the shelf, Goldbergs fans.

The ABC comedy will pay tribute to the classic 1983 Tom Cruise film Risky Business in the Season 3 premiere, it was announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

“I wanted to start with a big splash,” executive producer Adam Goldberg said. “We’re crashing cars, and we’re doing the whole thing…. It’s going to be awesome.”

Also on Goldberg’s radar for Season 3 is a nod to Short Circuit, when Beverly tasks the boys with building a robot. (The show previously paid homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Goonies.)

Apparently not in the cards for the comedy, which is famously set in the year “1980-something,” is a tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. Despite generating a great script for such an episode, to air around Halloween, Goldberg says he heard back from those who protect the song’s rights and was told it will never see the light of day on a TV show.

“We were just told by the writer of the song he doesn’t want his song to be aired on television,” Goldberg explained, to which star Jeff Garlin deadpanned, “Has he seen movies lately?”

Other takeaways from the panel:

* Next season, “every episode is about how I struggled with puberty, transitioning from middle school to high school,” Goldberg previewed. Also on tap: making fun of giant ’80s hair.

* The writers have talked about a Bar Mitzvah installment for Adam. “If we were to do it, it would probably be this season,” Goldberg said, although star Sean Giambrone’s changing voice might present a challenge. “We’re just trying to figure out what the story would be.” (Goldberg, himself, had a Stephen King-themed Bar Mitzvah.)

* Natalie Alyn Lind’s upcoming stint on Gotham doesn’t mean Adam and Dana’s romance is over. “I’ll explore long distance relationships when you’re young and in love,” Goldberg said.

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13 Comments
  1. scorpo says:

    I don’t get this. The songwriter of Thriller allows his song to be used every year by Party City to sell their Halloween costumes. He is aware that they air those commercials on TELEVISION, right?

  2. Jim says:

    Didn’t Glee do Thriller?

    • thisismenow says:

      Yes, they did. It was a mash up with Heads Will Roll. He also let an X Factor UK contestant perform it. So it has been done on television and it is a fitting tribute. So, hopefully he reconsiders.

  3. Maria says:

    How about building a script around Every Day is Halloween by Ministry? Not as well known but still the same theme.

  4. “we’re doing the whole thing” well, not the whole thing. no one will be ordering a call girl to come over to the house, right? lol

  5. Tom says:

    Know something that would be awesome for them to do? STICK TO ONE BLOODY YEAR. It’s nothing for them to have stuff that wasn’t out till like 1989 mixed with stuff that happened in 1983. Like, in the past they had Zelda 2 which came out in 1989, and then last season they covered the 1984 Reagan-Mondale election. Not to mention the fact that he NES didn’t even come to the US till 1986. I mean I love the show, it’s one of the better sitcoms airing right now since Community has died, but……….the anachronisms drive me crazier.

    • Keith says:

      That’s why they say 1980 something and not a particular.Just enjoy the show

    • Lisa says:

      Worst episode for me was when they combined 1981’s Royal Wedding with 1984’s Twisted Sister and 1988’s Bangles-Eternal Flame – wouldn’t have been quite so irritating if it had been the lesser Royal Wedding (Andrew & Fergie) vs. Princess Di – totally ruined the episode for me