On the surface, The Goodwin Games seems to exemplify an increasingly common small screen trend: Disappointment Television, a.k.a. pedigreed, mega-hyped series that build impossibly high expectations and end up landing more with a whimper than a bang. (See also: Smash, The Newsroom, and, to some extent, Arrested Development‘s fourth season.)
Like its brethren, Goodwin was conceived and created by a big-name team — in this case, How I Met Your Mother‘s Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Like the others, it features a cast of talented ringers, including Scott Foley, Beau Bridges, and most of all Becki Newton, who deserves to be about one jillion times more famous than she is. And like both Smash and The Newsroom, it had an auspicious beginning: Fox won the right to air the sitcom after a fierce bidding war, and it was officially picked up to series last May.
Then trouble struck. Fox elected not to air The Goodwin Games in the fall, saving it for midseason instead. In November 2012, the network abandoned that plan altogether, halting production on Goodwin and reducing its initial order from 13 episodes to 7. The comedy finally found its way to screens in May, when Fox began
burning off airing its truncated first season. And though Goodwin hasn’t officially been canceled, its placement on Fox’s schedule and its history — not to mention Scott Foley’s new gig as a series regular on ABC’s Scandal — don’t bode well for its future.
Which is a real shame — because unlike the other pillars of Disappointment Television, The Goodwin Games is actually, well, good. READ FULL STORY