Scott Foley on 'The Goodwin Games': It's Got Heart
Imagine your sibling rivalries if there were $23 million at stake!
That's the premise of Fox's new comedy, "The Goodwin Games," which airs Mondays at 8:30 PM. When three siblings — played by Scott Foley, Becki Newton, and TJ Miller — gather for their father's funeral, they learn that he's leaving one of them his massive fortune. But they're going to have to play for it!
The show "has what a lot of other comedies don't out there, and that's a heart," Foley told Yahoo! TV.
We chatted with Foley about his move to comedy, his own sibling relationships, and whether "The Goodwin Games" will last.
You've been doing a lot of drama in recent years. Were you looking to get back to comedy?
I was. It came along at a great time. I'd just found out that "True Blood" was coming to an end for me, and it just happened to be the time that they were looking for "Goodwin Games" cast. I'd met with Chris [Harris] and Carter [Bays], the guys who created "How I Met Your Mother," years ago for [that show] and we had a fantastic meeting and things just didn't work out then, but it was a fortuitous meeting we had on "The Goodwin Games."
After doing "The Unit" and "Grey's Anatomy" and "True Blood" back to back, it was heavy stuff. I needed a little levity in my life.
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What about this project particularly appealed to you?
I'm a big television viewer and I love watching comedies. This script in particular had a great blend between not just the comedy but the family dynamics, and it really spoke to me on a personal level. ... Even though it's about a game and these siblings playing these games for a $23 million inheritance, to me it was about a family, a group of grown children who'd all gone their separate ways and lost touch with each other and were reunited for this game.
It was a way to watch them get to know one another again and become a family. And I thought it was really sweet. And "nice" has become such a bad word, but it was such a nice script and it was such a nice group of people, I had a hard time saying no to it. I jumped at the opportunity.
Your character, Henry, is this buttoned-up doctor and seems like he'd be the front-runner. Why doesn't he deserve to win?
Well, I think he does; I definitely think he deserves to win! But part of the show is learning and defining these characters and their weaknesses and their strengths. I think Henry Goodwin spent his whole childhood in the shadow of his younger sister, the one that everyone from their father to society deemed the smart one. And he really made it his mission to go out and distance himself from his family and become a success.