Perry Goes For The Gold With New NBC ComedyAugust 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Television
NBC ends its Olympics coverage early tonight to bring you a preview of “Go On,” the new comedy starring Matthew Perry. The pilot, which NBC has been promoting shamelessly during the Games, airs without commercials at 11:05 p.m.
Perry plays a recently widowed sports-talk radio host, and reviews indicate that the popular former “Friends” star successfully carries the first episode. Many are comparing the show to “Community.” Comedies need time to develop so it’s fruitless to draw many conclusions from one episode. But it should definitely be better than “Mr. Sunshine,” Perry’s last comedy on ABC. “Go On” will move into its Tuesdays at 9 time slot on Sept. 11.
Matthew Perry (“Friends,” “Mr. Sunshine”) stars as Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan’s alpha-male boss, Stephen, played by John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for “life change,” where he meets an oddball cast of characters, all with their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss.
On his very first visit, Ryan convinces the group to deviate from their normal session and starts a tournament-style competition (March Sadness!) to find out whose story is the worst. Ryan’s total lack of interest in “the healing process” proves distracting and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti (“The Playboy Club”). Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn’t really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on. Also starring are Tony Award-Winner Julie White (“Transformers”) as Anne, Bill Cobbs (“The Muppets,” “Night at the Museum”) as George and Suzy Nakamura (“Dodgeball”) as Yolanda.
“Go On” is a touching new comedy created by Emmy Award-winning writer/executive producer Scott Silveri (“Perfect Couples,” “Friends”). Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Karey Nixon (“Free Agents,” “Miss/Guided”) and Jon Pollack (“Up All Night,” “30 Rock”) also serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Holland.