Matthew Perry is giving prime time another shot with Go On, premiering this Fall on NBC. Perry brings his signature wit to Ryan King, a newly widowed sports announcer who's forced into attending a support group for those grieving loved ones. There he encounters a wide variety of colorful characters coping with their own losses, which range from death of spouses to the passing of their felines.
- What it's about: Ryan just wants to get back to his job as a sports radio host, but his producer (John Cho) insists that he needs to take some time to get over the sudden death of his wife just one month prior. Begrudgingly, Ryan agrees to go to Transitions, a support group for those going through major life changes. Though he makes his disinterest in the group evident, he rises to the occasion, using his radio jockey skills to ignite the group, much to the chagrin of the pretty counselor (Lauren Benanti).
- Where it works: Matthew Perry is, as always, charming, but this time he's strapped with a character that has a significant amount of depth. Likewise, the pilot provides quite a few chuckles, but there's an underlying seriousness to the story that indicates this isn't your run-of-the-mill sitcom. The characters in the support group fortunately veer from stereotypical and, though kooky, are actually interesting to watch.
- Where it doesn't: Striking a balance between comedy and drama is not easy, especially in a half-hour show. Though I applaud Go On's ambitions, it doesn't quite have the formula down yet, and some of the transitions between grief and giggles feel unnatural.
- When it's on: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC
- You might like this show if: You like Community but wish it was a little more realistic.
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