NBC has locked in Friends alum Matthew Perry to headline its new pilot Go On, a single-camera comedy created by former Friends executive producer Scott Silveri.

Perry will star as an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, after suffering a deep loss, must learn how to move forward with the help of mandatory group therapy. Perry will also serve as a producer on the project.

Joining Perry’s support group are actresses Suzy Nakamura (Men of a Certain Age) and Julie White (Law & Order: SVU, Transformers). Nakamura will play a woman who is attempting to deal with her parents divorce, while White will play a recently widowed woman who’s stuck in the anger stage of grief. Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) is linked to direct the pilot.

Matthew Perry’s potential return to the NBC is just one of the pilots the network hopes will strengthen their comedy line-up.  Following the dreaded late night war of 2010, the network has been searching for a way to bring lost viewers back to its primetime line-up, and has now turned to some former hit makers.

Among the new pilots commissioned by NBC this season is Downwardly Mobile, which, if picked up, will mark the return of Roseanne Barr to network television. Perry’s last team up with NBC was on Aaron Sorkin’s show-within-a-show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which lasted only two seasons on the network.

Whether or not NBC’s ambitious plan to boost its comedy line-up will work remains to be seen, but needless to say the intriguing element of Go On is just how Scott Silveri will make a story about people struggling to come to terms with personal loss and grief not only funny, but also a hit comedy. Both Perry and Silveri have more than proven their comedic chops, but eager fans of Friends may walk into this reunion expecting the same light-hearted comedy that made that show so popular and end up finding the subject matter of  Go On too heavy.

Expect to hear NBC’s decision on Go On (and the other pilots) this May.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly