Fox has officially slotted new unscripted series Does Someone Have To Go, burn-off comedy The Goodwin Games, Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance and the fourth season of Masterchef. Additionally, the network has set the season-finale dates for its current series.
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Does Someone Have To Go, in which employees of troubled companies are given the opportunity to shake things up, including firing co-workers, will get a preview May 15 behind Part 1 of American Idol‘s finale before moving into its Thursday 8 PM slot May 23. Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance kicks off May 14, taking over Fox’s Tuesday primetime where the network has been airing a comedy block this season. Displaced comedies will relocate to Mondays beginning May 20, joined by The Goodwin Games, which will air its seven-episode order. Fox has slated repeats of New Girl, Raising Hope and The Mindy Project, giving the three shows very good odds at renewal. (Networks often don’t air repeats of cancelled series over the summer.) Masterchef returns May 22 with a two-hour premiere. The network is not saying what the cooking series will be paired with it afterward. As previously announced, Fox’s new alternative animated programming block will premiere July 27, airing in the Saturday 11 PM-12:30 AM slot. Here is a rundown of Fox’s season finale and summer premiere dates: Read More »
Fox’s midseason series The Goodwin Games has finally been assigned a premiere date. The comedy will have a summer run, launching on May 20 at 8:30 PM and running for seven consecutive weeks. While not officially cancelled, Goodwin Games is considered dead, and its cast members were allowed by Fox to take other jobs. T.J. Miller and Melissa Tang have booked pilots, while Scott Foley is recurring on ABC’s Scandal with an option to become a regular.
Fox has cut the 13-episode midseason order to new single-camera comedy The Goodwin Games to 7 episodes. The series will wrap production today when it finishes filming Episode 6 to fulfill its reduced pickup of six episodes plus the pilot. Fox already ordered supersized 24-episode seasons of Raising Hope, New Girl and freshman The Mindy Project as well as 19 episodes of new fall comedy Ben And Kate. The reduced order for Goodwin Games, which will likely alternate with Ben And Kate, will ensure 24-26 originals for each half-hour time period of Fox’s fledgeling Tuesday comedy block this season (unless the network opts for more trimming of current orders). Read More »
On the heels of freshman The Mindy Project getting a pickup for two more episodes, bringing its first season order to 24 episodes, Fox has done the same with its two returning live-action comedies: New Girl and Raising Hope. With struggling newcomer Ben And Kate‘s order at 19 episodes vs. 24 for the rest of Fox’s Tuesday comedies, it is clear Fox plans to sub Ben And Kate with The Goodwin Games in midseason.
EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedian T.J. Miller has been tapped as the third lead opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley in The Goodwin Games, Fox’s single-camera comedy from the How I Met Your Mother trio of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris. The role has been recast. The 20th TV-produced project revolves around three siblings (Newton, Foley, Miller) who reconnect after the death of their father when he leaves them his fortune — but only if they agree to his terms. Miller will play the youngest Goodwin sibling Jimmy, a scruffy petty thief described as “all heart, zero impulse control” who is has just gotten out of jail – yet again. He replaces Jake Lacy who played the role in the pilot. 20th TV and Fox originally cast Miller as one of the two leads of the off-cycle comedy pilot Little Brother where he played a similar character, a boisterous, unpredictable ex-con who moves in with his level-headed brother and his family. I hear both the network and the studio loved Miller in the role and, when Little Brother didn’t go to series, looked for ways to keep him in the fold. Miller, whose feature credits include Cloverfield, Our Idiot Brother and Yogi Bear, hosts Mash Up, a new, half-hour stand-up series for Comedy Central. He is with WME and 3 Arts.
Jake Lacy, who got his break as one of the leads on the ABC comedy Better With You, has landed the third lead opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley in The Goodwin Games, Fox’s single-camera comedy from the How I Met Your Mother trio of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris. The 20th TV-produced project revolves around three siblings (Newton, Foley, Lacy) who reconnect after the death of their father when he leaves them his fortune — but only if they agree to his terms. Lacey plays the youngest Goodwin sibling Jimmy, a scruffy petty thief who is has just gotten out of jail – yet again. Peyton Reed is directing.
Caitlin Fitzgerald has joined Showtime’s drama pilot Masters Of Sex. The project, written by Michelle Ashford and directed by John Madden, is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book. It chronicles the lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), whose research touched off the sexual revolution. ICM-repped Fitzgerald will play the third wheel in their relationship, Masters’ wife Libby Masters. She was recently seen in the feature Newlyweds and did an arc on Gossip Girl.
Sex And The City alum David Eigenberg has been cast in the NBC drama pilot Chicago Fire. On Wolf Films/Universal TV’s action-driven drama about the complex … Read More »