PRESS TOUR: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' -- amusing enough if they take it down a notch

Sunday, 04 August 2013 11:59 PM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- ABC's "The Goldbergs" (9 p.m. Sept. 24), told through the lens of a video camera -toting pre-teen son, has the potential to be a hit -- if it doesn't give viewers headaches.

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Based on the childhood of executive producer Adam Goldberg ("Breaking In"), the Goldbergs have a tendency to yell. A lot. Probably too much in a pilot that's otherwise sweet and nostalgic. 

Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") stars as the voluble family patriarch. He defended the show's sound level.

"There are a couple quiet moments. Did you ever watch 'Seinfeld'?" Garlin said. "Yelling's good, yelling is funny. When it became annoying I'll stop and I'll be the first to notice. Until then, I'll yell."

Goldberg said his real-life family, who are featured in the pilot's end credits, is fine with him cherry-picking from their life, even his brother, who became a sister for "The Goldbergs."

"His only issue is he does not run like a tool. He wanted everyone to know that," Goldberg said. "My mom was most excited. This just validated everything she ever did."

Some viewers are sure to see some similarities to "The Wonder Years" -- albeit instead of an '80s show looking back at the '60s, this is a 2010s show looking back on the '80s -- which producers used as part of their pitch for the show to ABC.

"Enough time has gone by that you look at it fondly," said executive producer Doug Robinson. "I think what's old becomes new again. Every 25 years people are ready to look back."

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