After finishing Friends back in 2004, Matthew Perry went on to co-lead Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant follow-up to The West Wing with Studio 60 and the Sunset Strip.
When that was entirely unjustly cancelled after just one season, Perry starred in a few movies (including 17 Again alongside Zac Efron), as well as most recently co-creating and -writing Mr. Sunshine, which was alas also cancelled after just one season.
His latest show sees him return to NBC with Go On, and the network has debuted the first two clips from the show, as well as an interview with Perry himself.
Perry was of course brilliant in Friends, and I loved him in The West Wing, and though I haven’t yet seen Mr. Sunshine, I’m definitely already looking forward to this latest show.
“Misery loves company. Unless you’re sportscaster Ryan King, who thinks misery should just be left alone.
After taking some time off, Ryan – who recently lost his wife in a car accident – is now ready to get back to work. And while he seems like his same old charming, cocky self, his boss won’t put him back on the air until he seeks counseling. So, Ryan reluctantly joins a support group with one goal in mind: get in, get out and get back on the radio as quickly as possible.
Played by the fast-talking, sarcastic, and charismatic Matthew Perry, Ryan gives grief a real run for its money. Within one day of group therapy, he hijacks the meeting and suddenly the downtrodden are cajoled into playing a game of “who has the best sob story?” And in no time all of them are battling it out, trying to one-up each other’s despair. Now, this is fun!
Ryan’s total lack of interest in healing might be just what this group needs – and maybe, exactly what he needs to move on with his life. From Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Scott Silveri (“Perfect Couples,” “Friends”) comes a new series that proves grief can be good.”
Emmy Award-winning Scott Silveri, with whom Perry worked on for the majority of Friends, has penned the script, with Todd Holland (30 Rock, Malcolm in the Middle), himself a three-time Emmy Award winner, directing the pilot.
The studio picked up the show to full season this week, and is set to debut it this coming autumn on Tuesdays at 9. No word yet when or on what channel this will be coming to the UK, but I’d imagine a Channel 4 / E4 appearance would be very much likely. Here’s your first look at the pilot.