The Goldbergs showrunner Adam Goldberg told critics on Tuesday that the best script for his ABC sitcom that his writing team ever wrote is one the show can never make.
The episode was centered around Michael Jackson’s iconic 1982 song “Thriller.” Goldbergs writers penned an entire episode around the song, but then couldn’t get rights to use it in the show.
“I was told ‘Thriller’ is impossible to get,” Goldberg said at ABC’s Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills. “We wrote a ‘Thriller’ episode for Halloween which I think is the best script we’ve ever written. And we were just told by the writer of the song, ‘It’s never gonna happen.’ He doesn’t want his song to be aired on television. Movies okay, but not TV. So we just had to throw away the script.” (“Thriller” was performed by Jackson, but written by Rod Temperton).
This season will have a Risky Business-themed episode, however, which will serve as the show’s premiere. “I wanted to start with a big splash,” Goldberg said. “We’re crashing cars, we’re doing the whole thing.”
While star Jeff Garlin also gave reporters a rather graphically candid description of what it’s like to shoot a TV show where he’s often shown in tighty-whitey underwear.
“A few thoughts,” Garlin said. “Number one, in order to match my face, they have to put makeup on my legs, and it’s with water and a brush. Not enjoyable. Tighty whities: not enjoyable. As a matter of fact, when we first started doing the show, I just wore a pair of tighty whities, then the censor said, ‘I see movement.’ So they added another layer. Then she said, ‘I see shadows.’ So there’s a special thing [added]—it reminds me of the kneepads when I played football. Over my wiener! And she still comes in and says, ‘I see movement and shadows,’ which I guess is a compliment. But the only way you can see shadows and movements is if someone puts a flashlight behind my balls. So I do it because it’s my job. I wear boxer briefs, and when I get home to my actual home, my pants are off. I’m thrilled to not wear pants. I’m always disappointed if there’s guests because then I have to keep my pants on, out of respect to my family.”