Matthew Perry was once a fixture on NBC during the “must-see TV” days and his starring role on Friends. NBC hasn’t been the same since, and now it looks like they’re willing to tap into the well of nostalgia without hesitation.
According to multiple trade reports, NBC has picked up the Scott Silveri and Matthew Perry comedy pilot Go On that stars Perry along with Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Laura Benanti, Khary Payton and Allison Miller, for series this fall. The initial order is for 13 episodes that will begin hiring crew and writers immediately.
Go On is now the second new series given a green light, the first being Hannibal which skipped the pilot process and went straight to series.
In Go On, Perry stars as a sportscaster who turns to a support group after suffering a personal loss. The members of the group will help bring him comfort and, assuredly, many laughs. It will be the second “support group” themed series this year following FX’s Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen.
Perry has been dabbling in television series over the past several years including Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine, amongst others. He also lent his voice to Bethesda’s Fallout: New Vegas video game.
By jumping on Go On a month before pick-ups from pilots are typically placed, NBC will have their pick of the top writers to help shape what they are likely betting on will become their premiere comedy series and possibly Thursday 8pm evening staple, a timeslot I’m sure Matthew Perry would be ecstatic to return to.