Month: September 2014

Mama Drama yields a “Near Goldbergs Experience”

The Goldbergs Season 2 is in full swing and there’s no stopping it now! Last week’s ratings were great but the sky is the limit for this show.

Episode 2 is entitled “Mama Drama” and while one story deals with Murray & Vic and an apparent hockey rivalry (Vic attends a Flyers game while wearing an Oilers shirt…This seems like a no-no) the main story is about Adam and the school play. There is plenty of drama in Drama class along with his mama & the Drama Teacher – Miss Cinoman (played by Ana Gasteyer).

Miss Cinoman is another real-life person in Adam’s 1980something life and she really had an encounter with the now (in)famous Beverly Goldberg. Based on this interaction she pitched a story to Adam and he liked it so much he flew her out to LA to help with the episode! Not a bad gig for a middle-school drama teacher, eh?

Adam and "Miss Cinoman" - courtesy of @sueplon
Adam and the real “Miss Cinoman” – courtesy of @sueplon

Well it turns out the real Susan Cinoman is actually a published screenwriter & playwright with a growing body of work and accolades. Out of the blue we were contacted by THE Miss Cinoman and she shared her thoughts on reconnecting with the boy she taught many years ago:

Near Goldbergs Experience

I am recovering from a Near Goldberg Experience. We’ve all heard stories about people at the end of their lives entering the light, seeing people from the past whom they dearly love, experiencing great bliss and not wanting to return to their physical bodies in the earthly life they once knew. That’s kinda what it’s like being on the set of The Goldbergs.

First of all, I sent Adam Goldberg a pitch for a story idea that I had for his hilarious, original, somewhat retro half hour comedy “The Goldbergs”. The idea was about his high school drama teacher (me) criticizing a play he’d written (really happened) and his mom (I knew her) rewriting the play in an angry tirade. His mom, Beverly, rants and raves and rewrites after having a showdown with the obviously idiotic drama teacher who doesn’t know her drama. To my ecstatic surprise, Adam liked the idea, gave me shared story credit and named the character Miss Cinoman after his old teacher/writer-again, me. He and the writers smartly changed the story some (can’t reveal it here!) and I went to Los Angeles with my husband, Doug, to watch the show being shot.

All of that began the out of body journey highlighted by our entrance through the rainbow archway of the Sony lot, passing posters from MGM movies that both Doug and I had watched and loved . “The Wizard of Oz” was made on this lot, and there is no doubt that we, too, were entering a world as bright and beautiful as one where bluebirds fly. On the first day, I sat in the Writer’s Room with Adam. The writers were amazingly quick and smart. They talked and quipped in non-sequitors and the subject drifted from remembrances of friends from high school to shows they’d worked on elsewhere. Brilliantly, the seemingly disjointed nature of conversation wound back around to the episode they were working on with Adam at the forefront, helming like the Captain of a starship.

If my perception of things seems romantic, it might have been because I was so, so happy to see Adam again after not having done so in more than 15 years. I remembered him as an ebullient, funny and super talented kid and really, and I say this in the most comforting way, nothing really changes. He’s the good guy now as he was then, giving me the biggest break in my writing career that I’ve had. Staying home with kids and trying to stay on the career train is hard. It took Adam Goldberg to give me that one great push back on. Remember the end of “Love in theAfternoon” when Gary Cooper lifts Audrey Hepburn onto the train car with him? That’s what is was like. Another movie reference notwithstanding.

But maybe the most surreal, not of this earth part of the shooting of the episode “Mama Drama” was watching myself, longish hair, jeans tucked into boots and an on the edge of Bohemian sweater being played by Ana “Saturday Night Live, “Good Times”” Gasteyer. There was I (wonderful Ana) squaring off with Beverly (genius Wendi Mclendon-Covey) in the office of my former boss, Headmaster Dr. Ball (Stephen Tobolowsky). It’s how a ghost must feel, delighted, detached watching itself in some form, moving through life but not in it at the same time. Just wow. It seems poetic that the last time I directed Adam in a play we did “Our Town” where Emily watches her family in life just like I watched Miss Cinoman in Adam’s.

And we were ushered around by a bunch of angels- just to stay with the heaven analogy for a little longer. The hair and make-up women, the script supervisor, the crew, Adam’s assistant, the director- just heaven sent. Really, really.
So it is hard getting back to the grind of sending out plays and not hearing the jokes in The Writer’s Room, at least until they air. But once you reach heaven, you just know in your heart that someday you’ll be back.

Think she’s got a knack for writing? Miss Cinoman clearly thinks the world of her former student (making sure to ask us if we’ve seen Fanboys) and also told us that she had a small part in the episode. Below you can see her with Sean Giambrone (young Adam F. Goldberg).

THE GOLDBERGS – “Mama Drama” (ABC/Tony Rivetti)

You can follow Susan on Twitter @sueplon or on Facebook. Her IMDb profile showcases some of her screen work (including “Mama Drama”).

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC.

Wear Your Fandom!

The time has come for Goldnerds to get out from behind the computers, tablets, phones & TV sets and venture out into the real world. Assuming you all wear clothing (boy, we hope so) then do we have something for you! Show of your pride and love for The Goldbergs by declaring it with what you wear!


We can understand that you may be a little hesitant to purchase something without seeing how it looks in real life. To that end we bestowed upon one lucky Goldnerd these two sample shirts which turned out looking pretty snazzy!


But WAIT! There’s more! In addition to dozens of shirts, styles & colors we also have a wide variety of accessories! Cups, mugs, totes, stickers & more are yours for the taking! And if you know of something that CafePress provides that we haven’t listed, let us know and we will do our best to make it available to you!

2014-09-18 12_10_40-Accessories _ The Goldnerds Store

We’re in the process of creating some fancy new designs so keep checking back to see if something new grabs your attention.

The Goldbergs Season 1 DVD!!

Before you read any further, GO BUY THE DVD SET if you don’t already have it. It’s available HERE & HERE & HERE & EVERYWHERE!!


Reviews have been pouring in all over the ‘net for the past week so just in case you’ve stumbled upon this by happenstance and don’t know what to think about all this “The Goldbergs” hype, this post is for you.

Every year, without fail, there is a sitcom I write off after a brief taste, only to learn at a later date that the series was basically made for me and I was a fool for ignoring it….and this year, it seems that The Goldbergs has earned its spot on that list – DVDTalk


One of the best, funniest new comedies to launch last season…If you haven’t seen the show, then by all means pick up this DVD and get caught up before the second season premieres on September 24. – CliqueClack


‘The Goldbergs’ Season 1 Rating: **** (of 5) –  Examiner


The 23-episode first season is a sitcom done right – devoid of laugh-track crap, and with each self-contained episode wrapped-up within a 22-minute package of pure retro goodness. – The Rock Father


For anyone who grew up during that decade, the show will deliver some fond memories and some serious laughs. – amNewYork


This is a very funny and nostalgic series that is well-written, directed, and cast. – Todd Erwin at HomeTheaterForum


But there is so much to enjoy about this coming-of-age comedy series….Overall, “The Goldbergs” is nostalgic, hilarious comedy that I look forward to watching and I can’t wait for season two! – J!-ENTonline


Now that these fine people have convinced you to pick up a copy of the 3-disc set, post a picture online and tag the Goldnerds so we can all share in your joy! Many others have done just that:


Only TWO weeks until the Season 2 premiere! Goldnerds never say die!

23 Days of Goldbergs

The NEW season of The Goldbergs starts on Wednesday September 24th so we decided September 1st is a great time to re-watch all of the episodes (one per day) leading up to the premiere! There were 23 episodes in Season One, so this conveniently works out. Be on the lookout in our various social media outlets for different quotes, screencaps, clips, gifs, etc, from each episode every day until Season Two!

We are also launching our #1000Goldnerds campaign to find out if we can get to 1,000 followers on Twitter by the Season Two premiere. Thank you to everyone who has joined us on this journey since May and we can only imagine what can happen when all Goldnerds (fans of The Goldbergs) join forces to create the best fandom 1980-something has ever seen!

All we need is your help, so keep sharing all of your favorite Goldbergs & Goldnerds content! To sweeten the deal we are holding on to one very low-number Goldnerds Membership Card. The 1000th follower (providing it’s a real individual person) will receive #5 as a token of our appreciation!


Goldnerds Never Say Die!!