‘Goodwin Games’: Dead show walking

From left: Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, and Scott Foley in “The Goodwin Games.”
From left: Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, and Scott Foley in “The Goodwin Games.”Ray Mickshaw/FOX

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The Goodwin Games” isn’t awful, really, but it might have made a better light-hearted movie than a weekly series. The concept is so limited, it is very tiresome very fast. The idea is that three estranged, far-flung siblings are reunited in small-town New Hampshire after their father, Benjamin Goodwin (Beau Bridges), dies. At the reading of his will, they learn that he was a secret multimillionaire, to the tune of $23 million. They also learn that they’ll need to compete in various games every week, in order to determine which child will win all the money. In the first episode, they must play a game of family-themed Trivial Pursuit with a mysterious outsider named Elijah. By the end of the half-hour, I was already irritated by the whole “games” thing.

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