Wednesday, May 9, 2012

FOX Picks Up 'Ben & Kate,' 'The Goodwin Games,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'The Following' & 'The Mob Doctor; Renews 'Touch'; Cancels 'Alcatraz' & 'The Finder'

        This evening, FOX joined NBC in announcing early pickups for some of the many pilots they are currently reviewing to air. Today, they have given series orders to the single-camera comedies The Goodwin Games, Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project and to the drama pilots, The Mob Doctor and The Following.

        Ben & Kate (formerly Ben Fox is My Manny) stars Dakota Johnson as a single mother who gets an assist from her brother (Nat Fason) who moves in with her to help raise her baby. Lucy Punch, Maggie Jones and Echo Kellum co-star. Dana Fox penned the semi-autobiographic pilot and will executive produce alongside Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

        The Goodwin Games comes from How I Met Your Mother scribes Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, and stars Becki Newton, Scott Foley and Jake Lacy as siblings who must reconnect in order to inherit their late father's fortune - as long as they follow his terms. Felisha Terrell and Melissa Tang co-star.

        In The Mindy Project, The Office's Mindy Kaling stars as a young Bridget Jones-type doctor as she tries to navigate her personal and professional life. Ed Weeks, Chris Messina, Anna Camp, Zoe Jarmon and Dana DeLorenzo co-star. Kaling, BJ Novak and Howard Klein will executive produce. Kaling will depart the NBC staple comedy to focus on writing and starring in this comedy.

        UPDATE 7:20 PM: FOX has also ordered to series its first drama project - The Mob Doctor. The new drama series stars Jordana Spiro as a young female thoracic surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a "mob doctor" while also working full-time at Chicago's most prominent hospital. Zach Gilford and William Forsythe co-star. Josh Berman and Robert Wright penned the pilot and will executive produce with Michael Dinner, who directed the pilot.

        UPDATE (2) 7:45 PM: Additionally tonight, FOX has given a series order to the Kevin Williamson serial killer drama pilot, The Following, which had been considered a lock from the start of the  pilot stage. The thriller revolves around an ex-FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who leads the search to catch an escaped serial killer (James Purefoy) who has created a cult of serial killers. Shawn Ashmore, Natalie Zea, Valorie Curry and Jeananne Goossen co-star. Marcos Siega will executive produce and directed the pilot.

        UPDATE (3) 8:15 PM: FOX has renewed the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama, Touch, for a second season. The jury is still out on the other drama shows on the bubble, The Finder and Alcatraz.

        UPDATE (4) 8:50 PM: After a night of picking up five new series and renewing a current one, the network has decided to cancel the two other freshmen dramas, Alcatraz and The Finder.