Fox scales back on ‘The Goodwin Games’ thanks to ‘New Girl,’ ‘Mindy Project’

Sometimes, the success of one shows does not always equal the success for others; and with that in mind, we have to present the interesting case now Fox midseason comedy “The Goodwin Games.” The show, created in part by “How I Met Your Mother” gurus Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, boasts a pretty impressive cast including Scott Foley and recent “How I Met Your Mother” guest Becki Newton. What it does not have at the moment is a timeslot, and it is looking as though it will not have one anytime soon.

Thanks in part to Fox’s decision to give both “New Girl” and “Raising Hope” 24 episodes, coupled with “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project” more or less getting full-season orders, TVLine is reporting that the network is scaling back their order of “The Goodwin Games” to just seven episodes this year.

While it is easy to be upset about not getting so many opportunities now to watch the comedy, the logic here is understandable. They don’t want to show new episodes on a night containing repeats, and there are also no plans at the moment to stick any episodes after “American Idol” (though it would be nice to see the pilot air like this to get it off to a great start). With just six episodes left after the pilot, Fox can plug them in around other new programming to at least give the show a fighting chance. Who knows? Considering how terrible “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project” are doing right now, the show may actually have a decent shot at getting a full season next year.

Are you looking forward to this comedy at all?

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