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SCHOOLED: AJ Michalka on Bringing Lainey to 1990-Something

January 9, 2019 by  
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SCHOOLED – “Be Like Mike” – It’s 1990-something, and since Lainey still hasn’t achieved rock ‘n’ roll greatness, she returns to William Penn Academy as the new music teacher. Lainey has a hard time adjusting to being an authority figure, but she realizes she might not be so bad at it when she discovers a kindred spirit in Principal Glascott’s niece, Felicia. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor struggles with Michael Jordan’s influence on modern-day basketball on the series premiere of “Schooled,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 (8:31-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

On THE GOLDBERGS, Lainey (AJ Michalka) is prepping for her perfect wedding in 1980-something. Flash forward a decade (give or take), and Lainey is back as a new teacher at William Penn Academy in SCHOOLED.

The 1990-somethings GOLDBERGS spinoff had a long path to making it to television. The series’ original pilot (sans Lainey) was passed over for the 2017-2018 season. ABC aired the episode as a backdoor pilot episode of THE GOLDBERGS in January of 2018; the network officially picked it up—and added Lainey.

But teaching was never in Lainey’s master plans…in fact, she’s not originally thrilled to be back home. So how will she adjust to her new path? SCHOOLED star Michalka dishes on playing Lainey in a new decade, returning to William Penn, and those ‘90s pop culture references…

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