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ABC orders up more of ‘The Goldbergs’

by Jana Banin, JTA

November 4, 2013 | 9:45 am

A scene from the ABC show “The Goldbergs,” starring Jeff Garlin, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and George Segal. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

A scene from the ABC show “The Goldbergs,” starring Jeff Garlin, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and George Segal. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Fans of “The Goldbergs,” kvell away. ABC has announced it is picking up the fledgling comedy for a full season.

While the series received lukewarm reviews from heavyweight critics such as yours truly, it is averaging 7.5 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49. Apparently folks like being inundated with 1980s memorabilia  (think Rubik’s Cube and Ghostbusters Halloween costumes) and hearing Jeff Garlin lovingly refer to his TV brood as idiots ad nauseam.

Yes, we think it’s cool that a Jewish family is standing in for the average American family. That said, is it so wrong to hope for a little more overt Jewiness now that the season has been extended? We’re envisioning a Chanukah episode, a seder, or even better, some blue eye shadowed, shoulder padded bar mitzvah action.

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