Whether or not ABC’s “The Goldbergs” manages to get renewed, it’ll be a good news/bad news situation for show star Jeff Garlin. He’s been pushing it as far as his signature voice, doing standup comedy engagements between his series chores. Such stress has cost him in the past.”I actually had a comedy special once that I had to cancel because I had no voice. It attacks me when it attacks me,” says the funny man, whose long list of credits spans from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to “WALL-E” and his own indie film this year, “Dealin’ With Idiots.” According to him, “The only way to have it get better is by not talking. So when I’m not filming, I try not to talk.”
But it’s difficult, he admits, especially when he’s doing double duty. And on top of “The Goldbergs” and live shows, he’s planning to do a comedy special for Netflix in December.
“The Goldbergs” is now being called a “toss-up” for renewal by TV by the Numbers and other ratings-watchers. But the ’70s-set series, with Garlin as loud dad Murray, and a cast including Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal and Sean Giambrone, has gained ground since its debut. Pundits are saying kind words about it giving good nostalgia, thanks to creator Adam Goldberg. Time will tell.