After its season order was cut from 13 episodes to seven back in November, the writing was on the wall for FOX's midseason comedy The Goodwin Games.
The fate of the single-camera comedy became even clearer when the network unveiled its midseason schedule and Goodwin Games was nowhere to be found. The final nail in the coffin came earlier this month when FOX allowed cast members to pursue other projects without officially commenting on the status of the unaired series.
Now comes word that The Goodwin Games will actually see a premiere date on Monday, May 20 at 8:30 PM and burn off all seven episodes in seven consecutive weeks over the summer. Regardless of this announcement, the show is still considered dead.
From How I Met Your Mother co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and writer Chris Harris, The Goodwin Games tells the story of three grown siblings who reconnect when they are forced to compete for their father's inheritance following his death. In accordance with his will, the goal of the Trivial Pursuit-style competition is to inspire his children to examine their lives and turn them into the people he had hoped they would be.
Scott Foley (The Unit) plays oldest brother Henry, an overachieving surgeon, while Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) is middle child Chloe, a former math prodigy who traded academics for popularity.
In the original pilot, the role of youngest brother Jimmy was played by Jake Lacy, but the part was recast with Cloverfield's T.J. Miller for the remainder of the episodes. Lacy is currently a regular on NBC's The Office and recently landed the lead role in CBS sitcom pilot The McCarthys.
Reportedly, FOX executives were enamored with Miller's portrayal of a boisterous ex-con on a pilot called Little Brother and worked to insert the role into another project, leading to the recasting of Jimmy as a scruffy petty thief recently released from jail.
Beau Bridges guest-stars as late father Benjamin Goodwin, who is pulling the strings from beyond the grave through his estate attorney April, played by Melissa Tang. The cast also includes Kat Foster ('Til Death) in another recasted role as Henry's first love Lucinda, originally played by Days of Our Lives alum Felisha Terrell in the pilot.
In recent weeks, most of the cast members have landed new opportunities. Foley has a recurring role on ABC's Scandal with the potential to become a series regular, while Miller and Tang joined comedy pilots at HBO and FOX, respectively.
Even though it won't be continuing beyond its summer run, will you be tuning in for The Goodwin Games?