FOX: Has 'The Goodwin Games' Been Pre-Canceled? What Would You Call It?

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March 12th, 2013

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from December 31, 2012- March 10, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Mob Doctor* canceled 0.31
Touch (F) :oops: 0.42
Fringe* (F) final season complete 0.50
Ben And Kate* canceled 0.60
The Cleveland Show :cry: :cry: 0.75
Raising Hope renewed 0.81
The Mindy Project renewed 0.84
Bob's Burgers renewed 1.06
American Dad renewed 1.10
New Girl renewed 1.12
Glee :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.13
Bones renewed 1.16
The Simpsons renewed 1.27
Family Guy renewed 1.48
The Following renewed 1.49
The Goodwin Games ?

What is happening with The Goodwin Games? In a scheduling announcement a few weeks ago, its premiere was announced for May 20. May 20? Fox is not going to start airing a show on May 20 that it has any intention of considering for renewal. Not only is that after the Fox upfront presentation, but Fox has been running repeats at 8:30 Tuesdays already when it could have aired The Goodwin Games.

Does that make it "pre-canceled", "canceled before airing", "instant bear chow". Amuse the cancellation bear with your own designations in the comments.

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*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.

From now through the end of the broadcast season in May, the Renew/Cancel Index values will only be calculated using new episodes airing during 2013. However, until new episodes of a show air in 2013, I will keep the "old"  Fall predictions in the table.

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  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from past television seasons.

  • Pat

    What this really comes down to is bad karma for Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. They should have had Barney and Quinn get married and not Barney and Robin, and the universe is punishing them for that poor decision.

  • Leverage-Fan

    Just for ‘fun': It would be a REAL shocker if FOX would renew “Touch” and cancel “Glee”! :D

  • Tom

    Technically, Cleveland wouldn’t need new episodes until at earliest January sometime. Which still gives them over 9 months of lead time.

    That said, the lack of news makes it increasingly unlikely we’ll see more episodes – though the Simpsons-sized hole in the schedule looms ever larger, especially with The Flintstones up in the air.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Perfect FOX Schedule:

    8:00 – Bones
    9:00 – NEW DRAMA / The Following

    8:00 – Raising Hope
    8:30 – NEW COMEDY
    9:00 – Glee

    8:00 – The X-Factor / American Idol

    8:00 – The X-Factor / American Idol
    9:00 – New Girl
    9:30 – The Mindy Project

    8:00 – Kitchen Nightmares
    9:00 – NEW REALITY

    7:30 – American Dad !
    8:00 – The Simpsons
    8:30 – NEW ANIMATION
    9:00 – Family Guy
    9:30 – Bob’s Burgers

  • Samunto

    I think the same can be said for NBC’s Save Me.

  • Ultima

    @Bill Gorman
    canceled before airing

    This. They stopped production back in November, before it was even on the schedule – very similar to Next Caller. They clearly liked the pilot, but were disappointed with where the series was headed.

    Any sort of promotion for this series is probably intended to draw viewers to the night with the hope that they stick around and get hooked on New Girl and The Mindy Project.

  • Bern

    FOX should just air this show for the 2013-2014 season. Looks like a good show.

  • Ultima

    @The Rookie
    Why did they have to film all episodes for the season (by contract)?

    They didn’t. They ordered 13 episodes and stopped production after the seventh.

    Technically, Cleveland wouldn’t need new episodes until at earliest January sometime

    True, but they already have five animated shows for next season and probably won’t renew The Cleveland Show just to schedule it at 7pm.

    I think the same can be said for NBC’s Save Me.

    Is it filming again? I know they changed showrunners. NBC’s at least trying to make something happen with the show, instead of just scrapping it like The Goodwin Games and Next Caller. Of course, when you’re batting .000 with your freshman comedies, you do what you must! ;)

  • swalker

    I read on neogaf that the pilot of The Goodwin Games was good/had potential but the episodes after weren’t great.

  • Justin

    Maybe the CW or NBC would pick it up? They could use some comedies for next year.

  • Ted Craig


    The CW doesn’t do comedies. Well, not intentional ones, anyway.

  • CookyMonzta

    The Goodwin Games = The Grubbs 2.0? :-/

  • Mark

    How about Designation = “Salmon”: a bear’s favorite food.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    According to the post, Bill, the Goodwin Games is: #DIV/0!

    Is that a Division by Zero error message or is that DIV zero in your HTML? :-) I think due to the fact that the column is numeric, I suspect it is the former. Might need an “IF” statement in there to check for division by zero! :-)

  • Dan

    The Goodwin Games is just salmon swimming up the stream.

    @Ultima – I agree, they have The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Faily Guy, & American Dad, which will remain in their slots in the fall and then in January or March 2014 Murder Police will premiere probably at 8:30 bumping either American Dad or Bob’s Burgers to 7:30 temporarily. Leaving no room for The Cleveland Show.

    @ “This. They stopped production back in November, before it was even on the schedule – very similar to Next Caller. They clearly liked the pilot, but were disappointed with where the series was headed.”

    Thats right, they probably didn’t have faith in the series and they figured, well we have better pilots for 2013-2014, why keep this one. So they let the contracts go (I believe) for the actors and they’re giving The Goodwin Games a summer burn off. Its better for FOx that they replaced the 8:00 part of their Tuesday block with Hell’s Kitchen rather then air Raising Hope and Goodwin Games against NCIS, Voice & DWTS.

    The difference between Fox & NBC is that FOX will burn off what they ordered.

    No room in the schedule + Unhappiness with direction of the show + Better fall Pilots = Summer Burnoff

    By the way does anyone know how many episodes NBC’s Save Me has?

  • Takesi Akamatsu

    I’d say Aborted.

  • Luna286

    I don’t know what Fox is thinking with Goodwin Games, but most here don’t remember that Fox started by doing original programming in the Summer and then going on hiatus when the other networks started their shows in September, then came back with new episodes when the other networks were into reruns. It worked very well for them at the time. Don’t know if it will work anymore, but it may be something they are looking at. Just a guess but who really knows what they are thinking?

  • KJ Styles

    What’s the purpose of debuting a show AFTER the upfronts? If they don’t believe in Goodwin Games they might as well not air it at all.

  • alexjones

    it’s not cancelled til it’s cancelled, if by some miracle the goodwin games gets massive ratings when it premieres you can be sure FOX will find some way to keep it on the air. That said it’s probably toast.

  • Dan

    @KJ Styles – They bought it, they ordered it, they will air it. They dont have to but it doesnt hurt to have original programming, especially where there is 3 returning shows in repeats.

    @Luna286 – FOX did that in 2004-2005 but the only new show that survived that season was House. If you want a comparable situation to The Goodwin Games, think The Loop’s second season in the summer of 2007. Fox ordered the second seaosn for midseason to air after Idol and FOX had envisioned Goodwin Games to replace Ben & Kate around March/April. Both shows got their orders cut, the Loop to 10 and GG to 7 and with both shows during the spring there ended up being no open slots on the schedule the way scheduling worked out. The Loop was burned off from June 10-July 1 and Goodwin Games would be burned off from May 20-July 1 with no chance of renewal.

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