NBC has officially given a new show from Friends alum Mathew, Go On, the go ahead. As previously announced, Perry has tapped former Friends writer/producer Scott Silveri to create the sitcom as part of NBC’s new fortified comedy lineup. Perry will also act as an executive producer on the project.
The series, which began shooting last March, revolves around a charming sportscaster (Perry) forced into a mandatory group grief counseling following a great loss. Actresses Julie White (Transformers ) and Suzy Nakamura (Men of a Certain Age) will also star as a widowed woman stuck in the anger stage of grief – and a woman attempting to deal with her parents’ divorce, respectively.
Since the Friends finale in 2004, Perry has not been idle in the TV world – he followed the hit comedy that made him a star with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine. Although both shows had a loyal fan base, they were met with mixed review – and were each canceled after only a single season. Currently, Perry has a recurring role on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife as passive-aggressive attorney Mike Kresteva.
It will be curious to see how Silveri, coupled with the announced acting talent, will make grief sufferers the focus of a network comedy. At this point, we don’t even know what landed Perry’s character in counseling – and it’ll be especially interesting to see how the network markets the series to casual TV watchers. If Go On were airing on HBO or Showtime, there really wouldn’t be much question in it, but NBC is not exactly known for its dark comedy angles. On the flipside, in the wake of Studio 60 and Mr. Sunshine, Friends fans have probably gotten over Perry not playing their loveable Chandler Bing anymore.
Go On premieres this September on NBC
Source: TV Guide