The Goodwin Games stars Scott Foley (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”) and T.J. Miller (“Our Idiot Brother,” “She’s Out Of My League”), as three estranged siblings who return home after their father (guest star Beau Bridges) dies and find themselves in line to inherit a lot of money – if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s wishes.
On Monday, May 20th, Fox is premiering a new half-hour comedy called The Goodwin Games. It’s a series with an unusual premise – three estranged siblings return home for their father’s funeral and learn that, somehow, since they were last there, he amassed a fortune of $23 million – which he plans to leave to one of them. The catch is that they have to win a series of games to claim the prize! While it’s not obvious to them, there’s another reason for The Goodwin Games – to bring this trio of wildly different siblings back into each other’s lives and make them a family again.
In the show, which also stars Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Scott Foley stars as Henry, the one success of the group – a respected, talented surgeon who is also tightly would and incredibly anal. Foley recently took a few minutes from his busy schedule To speak with a group of journalists/bloggers about the show.
As The Unit [CBS, Sundays, 10/9C] wraps up its latest mission overseas – with the help of an undercover female soldier [pictured below] – their wives are told to drop every connection they have to their everyday lives, send their kids off to distant relatives and repair to an unknown location.
The fourth season of The Unit, Sacrifice, finds the team attempting to thwart a terrorist attempt to assassinate the President-Elect Benjamin Castillo [Benito Martinez] – a task made more difficult because the men attempting the assassination are dressed in proper military garb and know the codes of the day.
Written by the show’s Co-Executive Producer, Frank Military, and directed by the show’s creator, David Mamet, Sacrifice is the show’s best season premiere since the first one. Military’s script is smart and manages to create an arc that allows The Unit and their families to become – in an unexpected way – connected, story-wise. With the seeming uprooting of the families, and a terrorist organization that has the funding and training to attack the United States President, Vice-President, President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect, this first part of a two-parter pretty much cooks from beginning to end.
And that unofficial rule that “The Unit has no women?” It appears that the knowledge of that rule may have given the team an unexpected advantage as they track down the group behind the assassination attempts. Between that twist and the upheaval in the lives of The Unit’s families, the show’s creative team is showing that they have no plans to let the series get stale.
I just wish my screener had both eps. I hate cliffhangers! Seriously!
Final Grade: B+