Mind Games (TV series)

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Mind Games
Mind Games 2014 ABC.jpg
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Kyle Killen
Composer(s) Johnny Klimek
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Ed Milkovich
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original run February 25 – March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)

Mind Games is a television series created by Kyle Killen[1] that aired on ABC. The show is about two brothers who run a problem solving firm called Edwards And Associates that employs solutions based on psychological manipulation.[2][3] It premiered on February 25, 2014,[4] and was canceled on March 27, 2014.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Steve Zahn as Clark Edwards, an ex-psychology professor who suffers from bipolar disorder.[6] Clark is also an expert in human behavior from a psychological perspective.
  • Christian Slater as Ross Edwards, a con man with a criminal record, who is Clark's brother.
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke as Megan Shane, an actress.
  • Wynn Everett as Claire Edwards, ex-wife of Ross Edwards.
  • Gregory Marcel as Miles Hood, who had been a top graduate student in Clark's department.
  • Cedric Sanders as Latrell Griffin, whose specialty is business development.
  • Jaime Ray Newman as Samantha "Sam" Gordon, an ex-con.
  • Katherine Cunningham as Beth Scott, Clark's girlfriend.

Production and development[edit]

About the show, Kyle Killen says "It’s a weird workplace drama that’s set around this idea that we’ve conducted 60 years worth of research into the science of human behavior and manipulation. So this is a one-of-a-kind company that is trying to turn all that research into a weekly “Wag the Dog” kind of problem-solving company."[7] He also said "I was just genuinely excited by the science and way these observations about human nature and the ways we're influenced without knowing it were coming out of the lab and being used to shape real world outcomes. It's an incredible amount of fun"[8] He reiterated his enthusiasm during the Television Critics Association press tour saying "In terms of the likability of the characters, these are brothers who would like to connect and help people... [...] It certainly started with the idea of a moral grey area, but this has mainstream [appeal]."[9] The show was originally titled Influence.[10] Although there is a human behavior consulting firm in Chicago, TGG Group, the show is not based on this firm.

The show's initial episode order was filmed in Chicago at a record-setting time when Chicago had six television shows (Mind Games, Betrayal, Crisis, Chicago PD, the returning Chicago Fire, and Sirens) as well as three major motion pictures (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Jupiter Ascending, and Divergent) that were all filming simultaneously.[11][12] Killen is joined by Keith Redman as an executive producer. The show was a 20th Century Fox Television production.[13]

In May 2013, the show was announced as part of the 2013–14 schedule with Christian Slater and Steve Zahn as the stars.[14] Megalyn Echikunwoke, Cedric Sanders, Gregory Marcel and Wynn Everett were announced as part of the supporting cast at that time.[13] In August, Jaime Ray Newman was added to the cast.[6]

On March 27, 2014, after five episodes were aired, the show was canceled due to low ratings.[5]

According to IMDB, the remaining episodes will air in Japan starting July 15, 2014.[15]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Miguel Sapochnik Kyle Killen February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25) 1AWY79 3.58[16]
Clark and Ross Edwards are brothers who run a firm employing psychological techniques to influence outcomes for those in need. Clark's bipolar disorder drives him to hire Ross's ex-wife to keep it in check, creating tension. As the firm struggles to prove its legitimacy, they take the case of a mother trying to convince her insurance company to approve an experimental surgery for her son.
2 "Asymmetric Dominance" Miguel Sapochnik Kyle Killen March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04) 1AWY01 2.39[17]
The team takes on the case of a woman thought to be a shoo-in to be promoted to CEO, but is facing unexpected competition. Meanwhile, Ross tries to determine if Beth's return is for love or for money.
3 "Pet Rock" Timothy Busfield Donald Todd March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) 1AWY02 2.68[18]
A girl's parents seek help in getting her out of a cult, but the cult leader proves far more versed in manipulative techniques than Clark realized. Ross and Claire clash over telling Clark the truth about Beth.
4 "Apophenia" Arlene Sanford Kyle Killen March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) 1AWY05 2.44[19]
When a congressman changes his mind about a controversial gun bill, his son approaches the team to change it back. Meanwhile, a reporter is preparing an exposé that threatens to bring down the firm.
5 "Cauliflower Man" Romeo Tirone Eli Attie March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) 1AWY03 2.06[20]
A disgraced and unbelieved whistleblower wants the team to convince his ex-coworker to become a whistleblower, too, while the firm deals with a lack of funds and Clark's manic episode which leaves him unavailable for the case.
6 "Texts, Lies and Audiotape" Sarah Pia Anderson John E. Pogue July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15) (Japan) 1AWY04 N/A
7 "Judge Not" Steve Robin Michael Jones-Morales July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22) (Japan) 1AWY06 N/A
8 "Royal Fiasco" David Boyd Rebecca Kirsch July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29) (Japan) 1AWY07 N/A
9 "The Sweet Science" Matt Penn Marisa Wegrzyn August 5, 2014 (2014-08-05) (Japan) 1AWY08 N/A
10 "N.D.E" Timothy Busfield Kyle Killen & Kristine Huntley August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12) (Japan) 1AWY09 N/A
11 "Embodied Cognition" Robert Duncan McNeill Eli Attie August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19) (Japan) 1AWY10 N/A
12 "As God Is My Witness" Stephen Cragg Donald Todd August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26) (Japan) 1AWY11 N/A
13 "Balloon Boy" Kyle Killen Kyle Killen September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02) (Japan) 1AWY12 N/A


TV Equals' P. T. Jackson viewed the show as appealing because it was a program "with characters that think outside the box but have hearts of gold and help people".[21] He likened the show to Franklin & Bash for its outrageous quirkiness.[21] Zap2it's Laurel Brown said that the characters' life histories "help them get inside the human mind better than anyone else".[1] The show was also described as having similarities to Leverage.[1]

TV.com's Tim Surette called it the second most anticipated new show for midseason 2014, saying, "This could be the fun, underdog drama that ABC has been searching for.[22] After the pilot's airing he said, "When compared to Killen's past work, Mind Games doesn't hold up in terms of ambition and risk. But there's enough piquant possibility here to make it a daring experiment in the procedural genre."[23]


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  2. ^ Carter, Bill (May 10, 2013). "ABC Introduces 12 New Series for Next Season". New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (January 19, 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 17, 2014). "ABC Announces Premiere Dates for 'Black Box' & 'Dancing With the Stars' + 'Mind Games' Replaces 'Killer Women'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
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  11. ^ Merrion, Paul (May 14, 2013). "How Chicago's film industry transforms good year into great year". ChicagoBusiness. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
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  13. ^ a b "The Scoop: Mind Games". ABC. May 14, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 10, 2013). "CBS, NBC, ABC make decisions on a slew of shows: What’s ordered and what's gone?". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mind Games: Season 1, Episode 6". July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Bachelor', 'NCIS: Los Angeles', 'Person of Interest' Adjusted Up; 'Supernatural' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 5, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'NCIS' & 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Adjusted Up; 'About A Boy, 'The Goldbergs' & 'Growing Up Fisher' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
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  20. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 26, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Mind Games' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Jackson, P. T. (August 19, 2013). "6 New Fall and Midseason Shows That I’ll Be Watching". TVEquals.com. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ Surette, Tim (December 23, 2013). "TV.com's 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Midseason 2014". TV.com. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  23. ^ Surette, Tim (February 26, 2014). "Mind Games Series Premiere Review: It's Good to Be Bad to Be Good". TV.com. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 

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