Fox is premiering a new sitcom called “The Goodwin Games” on Monday at 8:30 p.m., between repeats of “Raising Hope” and “New Girl.” If you immediately said to yourself, “Yeah, that’s a burn-off,” you would be correct. It’s a stone-cold burn-off. Dead show walking, I’m afraid.
Fox can’t be positioning the show, from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas of “How I Met Your Mother,” as a possible summer hit. Yes, the networks are now programming plenty of original series during the summer, to compete with cable’s elaborate summer lineup of original series — which, by the way, cable began as a way to compete with the networks’ summer repeats. But you don’t premiere a would-be summer hit during the tail-end of finale season, in the lull before Memorial Day, a week after the upfront renewal announcements, during which “The Goodwin Games” was not mentioned. Clearly, Fox is fostering no hope for the show.