Updated (5): Fox New Show Pick Ups: Comedy 'Ben & Kate' + 'It's Messy' + 'Goodwin Games' + Dramas 'The Mob Doctor' & 'The Following'

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May 9th, 2012

Update (5): Fox has also picked up the serial killer drama starring Kevin Bacon now titled Mastermind The Following.

Update (4): Fox has also picked up the medical drama The Mob Doctor.

Update (3): Several iterations of name changes now corrected below.

Fox is on the board picking up the  single-camera comedy Ned Ben Fox Is My Manny Ben & Kate to series for the 2012-13 season.

Update: Fox has also picked up Mindy' Kaling's comedy now titled It's Messy.  Kaling tweeted: 'I love you [Fox entertainment chief] Kevin Reilly.' Let the "does that mean she won't be on The Office" speculation begin.

Update (2): And Fox has also picked up single-camera comedy Goodwin Games.

Info on NBC pickups so far (plus a renewal) is here.

  • Shelly

    I haven’t watched a single show on FOX since Lonestar. The only show that has my attention is the show from Kevin Williamson.

  • SJ

    The only one of the three that sounds interesting is Goodwin Games, mainly because of creators/stars. The Mindy Kaling project is just New Girl 2.0 and Manny just sounds blah.

  • The Mike Factor

    Ned Fox Is My Manny needs a name change.

  • The Mike Factor

    And atleast call Mindy’s show Dr. Mindy so people have some inkling of what it’s about. Sigh. Goodwin Games sounds like an interesting show, I will tune in.

  • Tommy

    Looks like Tuesday will be 2 hours of comedies afterall. Two newbies to pair with “New Girl” and “Raising Hope” and 1 left for midseason.

    I really hope “Goodwin Games” is as good as I’ve been hearing!

  • rob60990

    Only 1 I’m interested in is Ned Fox though the title is awful.

  • Revenge

    Sounds BORING.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Ned Fox Is My Manny name will be Ben Fox Is My Manny.

    Not sure that’s any better, but…

  • Ryan Schwartz

    If anything’s getting benched until midseason, it’s either Raising Hope or this Ben Fox fella! The latter has “Traffic Light” fame written all over it.

    Raising Hope isn’t a good lead in, so I’d move it to 8:30 if it’s on the Fall schedule.

    8:00pm – Goodwin Games
    8:30pm – Raising Hope
    9:00pm – New Girl
    9:30pm – Mindy (rumored title)


    8:00pm – Goodwin Games
    9:00pm – New Girl
    9:30pm – Mindy

    FOX is going to have to take risks if they want to succeed. At this point, Raising Hope is what it is (3-4 million viewers), and it shouldn’t have been renewed in the first place despite critical acclaim. Just look at NBC’s decisions and where that’s gotten them based on critical acclaim!

  • Googly

    How about “Manny, Ben Dover”. It chronicles the hard times of John Travolta’s many mannies

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Googly for the win!

  • MattM

    Goodwin Games – single-camera comedy about three siblings who must heed to the idiosyncratic terms of their father’s will to inherit his fortune.

    Sounds like a familiar formula, may not have a long shelf life. Not terribly interested, but I will give it a chance.

    Mindy – single-camera comedy about a young “bridget jones”-type doctor trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives.

    It will be interesting to see if she can carry her own show. I love her character on the Office, but I’m not sure if she has the mass appeal of a Zooey Deschannel (just an example) but she will have great ensemble cast members (like Zooey has) like Bill Hader and Ed Helms to lend support. I will definitely give it a shot.

  • rob60990

    I think Goodwin Games will be midseason.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Ben Fox is My Manny is next year’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Yes, I’m coming to that conclusion just because of the similarly awful name. Sure, every now and then a show like that will be good (Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 is alright), but the general rule is that if the creators are so retarded to think that the chosen name is good, the rest of the show won’t be any better.

    Hopefully the other two will be good. Mindy could be a hit following New Girl, and Goodwin Games sounds promising.

  • rob60990

    they just picked up the mob doctor drama.

  • forg

    I’m looking forward to Goodwin Games. Becki Newton is love ;D

    Ben Fox Is My Manny is an AWFUL title. No recall whatsover

  • Concerned Citizen

    And Deadline’s also saying that Fox has picked up the Berman/Wright Mob Doctor drama.

  • MattM


    Cool, that was one of the three Fox drama pilots I found interesting. Hopefully it doesn’t suck.

  • forg

    Michael Schneider ? @franklinavenue

    Title change alert! Nevermind about Ned Fox becoming Ben Fox, now it’s “Ben & Kate.” And Mindy Kaling pilot is now “It’s Messy.”

    – Generic title change for Ben Fox but that’s better than the original.

  • The Mike Factor


    No it’s not much better, but atleast it’s a change.


    I really hope you’re kidding. Ben & Kate takes away from the whole manny storyline, but atleast it’s better. And It’s Messy for an OBGYN show? That is either hilarious or disgusting. I have not yet decided.

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