I don’t watch sitcoms much these days. I have enough trouble keeping up with the things I do watch, and today’s sitcoms rarely look worth checking out. But there are a few which do pique my interest every now and then, and I make sure to keep an eye on them so that, if they don’t get canceled too soon, I can attempt a binge or two down the road. One such show is The Goldbergs, which is appealing simply for the ’80s nostalgia. I’ve yet to watch an episode yet but that changes soon, as tonight’s episode features a very special guest, the great Rick Moranis, in a very rare performance.
Moranis is set to reprise his role as Dark Helmet from the 1987 Mel Brooks Star Wars parody Spaceballs in the latest episode of The Goldbergs, fittingly titled “Spaceballs.”
It’s been many years since fans of Moranis have seen the actor in action. After appearing in numerous memorable film roles in the ’80s—including in Strange Brew, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood, and of course, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs; as well as some roles in the ’90s such as My Blue Heaven, a pair of Honey I Shrunk the Kids sequels, The Flintstones, Little Giants, and Big Bully—Moranis did what he had to do as a father and stepped away from acting to focus on his family.
Moranis has done a few things since then, like voicing a moose in Disney’s Brother Bear in 2003—which was basically his Strange Brew character, Bob McKenzie, a character originated in his SCTV days in the early ’80s and joined by his brother Doug McKenzie (voiced by Dave Thomas, who was also in Brother Bear)—and again in the 2006 sequel Brother Bear 2. But apart from showing up as Bob McKenzie from time to time, including the 2007 TV movie Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary, we haven’t seen Moranis since his departure in 1997.
Sadly, we’ll have to continue waiting for that too-good-to-pass-up role that will bring him back as he’ll only be providing the voice for Dark Helmet in tonight’s episode of The Goldbergs.
For those who are unfamiliar with the show, The Goldbergs is created by Adam F. Goldberg and is based on his childhood. In the episode, his younger self (played by Sean Giambrone) comes face-to-face with Dark Helmet in a dream and promises to find a way to get a sequel made before waking up.
Goldberg had this to say about the news:
“I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any “˜80s movie as Dark Helmet. I’ve been a lifelong fan of his work and became obsessed with having him reprise the role on my show. As an added bonus, maybe this even gets Spaceballs back in the conversation, and I can get my dream of helping make a sequel!”
We have heard about a possible Spaceballs 2 over the years, but nothing has come of it. Most recently Mel Brooks said he was talking to MGM about a sequel, but that was a year ago already and nothing has been said since.