The Biggest Mistake On TV (Right Now)
Flanked by repeats and up against new (though uninspiried) programming on almost every other network, The Goodwin Games on FOX is the best show no one is watching right now.
Starring Becky Newton (Ugly Betty, the occasionally inspired Love Bites), Scott Foley (Felicity, Scandal), and T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, Carpoolers), The Goodwin Games is about three siblings with an eccentric, now dead dad who have to go through a series of challenges, riddles, obstacles and other randomness in order to find out who will inherit the father’s estate.
The show was picked up aaaaaallll the way last May, and then put on the shelf for mid-season, then put on the shelf until summer. After some re-tooling (originally, Jake Lacy (from Better With You and the new Jim from this last season’s The Office) was cast in T.J. Miller’s part), it finally premiered on May 20th.
Becky Newton plays Chloe, an unemployed “actress” living in L.A., shopping, going to yoga, and getting bit parts in shows like C.S.I. as a mangled corpse.Scott Foley plays Type-A brother Henry, a surgeon as a prestigious hospital in Boston. T.J. Miller rounds out the siblings as Jimmy, the ne’er-do-well who has been in and out of prison multiple times and has an 8-year-old daughter he rarely gets to see. Rounding out the cast is Beau Bridges as the deceased Goodwin patriarch, who has left instructional videos for his children, and Melissa Tang as April Cho, the lawyer in charge of the estate and thus guiding the Goodwins through their challenges.
I feel like FOX made a huge mistake burying this show in the summer. It would pair very well with Raising Hope, and once FOX (foolishly) cancelled Ben & Kate, they should’ve tried out the Goodwin Games. It’s got a lot of heart- while the siblings originally hadn’t seen each other in years, they are now sharing their childhood homes and spending tons of time together. The show does a good job showing how siblings argue and judge each other, but there’s that element of support behind it all (not true of all siblings, I realize). Of course, it’s overly sentimental, but not so overly sentimental that I have to roll my eyes. It’s got a bit of bite, of snarkiness to it as well, so it balances out pretty well.
I would definitely recommend you do yourself a favor and Hulu The Goodwin Games. It’s only been four episodes so far (5 after tonight), so it wouldn’t take too much time to catch up. Of course, it’ll be over in about 8 more episodes, never to return, because it’s been getting basically no viewers, so if you don’t want to see something awesome because you know it’s a short lived awesomeness, go ahead and pretend I never told you about the show!