'The Goodwin Games': FOX cuts order from 13 to 7 episodes

scott-foley-goodwin-games-fox.jpgFOX has trimmed the order on its midseason comedy "The Goodwin Games" -- because, the network says, it doesn't need as many episodes.

The series starring Scott Foley, Becki Newton and T.J. Miller got a standard 13-episode order when FOX picked it up for midseason. This week, though, the network decided to trim the order to just seven episodes. When the cast and crew wrap episode 7 Friday (Nov. 2), they'll be done for the season.

The reason for the shortened order, a network rep tells Zap2it, has more to do with FOX's other comedies than with "The Goodwin Games" itself. FOX has already ordered 24 episodes of "Raising Hope," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" for this season, along with 19 episodes of "Ben and Kate." That means less room for 13 "Goodwin Games" episodes on the midseason schedule.

The show wasn't part of FOX's midseason premiere dates announcement, but it will likely debut in the spring after "Ben and Kate" ends its season.

"The Goodwin Games" comes from "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and "HIMYM" writer-producer Chris Harris. It's about three siblings (Newton, Foley and Miller) who stand to inherit a sizable fortune -- if they can play by the rules set forth in their late father's (guest star Beau Bridges) will. Kat Foster and Melissa Tang also star.
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