This season hasn't been the best for new comedies, but Go On stands out as one that is actually funny and enjoyable. Most of this is due to Matthew Perry, who's universally beloved by audiences because... well, he was Chandler. Now he's bringing all of that comedy to Ryan King, a widowed sports radio host forced to attend group therapy with some equally entertaining weirdos. In a recent media call he discussed what's ahead for Go On and reminisced a little about the classic Friends. Here are some of the highlights.
Before you get too excited, the following has nothing to do with Harry Potter.
Our favorite ballerinas are coming back to primetime.
The insanity of Fall TV is in full swing, and while we're busy judging shows as a whole, a lot of the new and returning shows really have us puzzled with some of the unusual choices they are making. We'll likely never get these answers, but we pose the questions that really have us stumped.
Giancarlo Esposito now has a full season to improve his equestrian skills.
Oh, hell yes.
While Matt LeBlanc has Episodes, Lisa Kudrow has Web Therapy, Jennifer Aniston has all of the tabloids, Courteney Cox has Cougar Town and David Schwimmer has settled in behind the camera and is doing voiceover work, Matthew Perry hasn't had all that much luck finding a steady TV gig since Friends ended. He had the short-lived Mr. Sunshine and the talky nonsense that was Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. And while this new venture, Go On, does have its moments, it's unlikely that it will be the long-running hit he's hoping for. Much as Chandler was arguably one of the best characters on Friends, Perry is increasingly in danger of becoming a showkiller.
Finally, something the whole world can agree on: dead bodies and crime scenes.
This morning at Radio City Music Hall, NBC unveiled their new fall lineup with the help of a lot (a lot) of singing. Those of us in attendance were treated to a performance by Voice winner Jermaine Paul, a full gospel choir and orchestra backing Smash stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Katherine McPhee on "Stand" to close the presentation and, to open things up, McPhee and Megan Hilty doing "Let Me Be Your Star," complete with a bit of The Voice judges (sans Blake Shelton) spinning their chairs for them. And then in a pre-packaged bit, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon "found" footage of the returning shows infused with music (including The Office, Parks and Recreation, Law & Order: SVU, Meet the Press and, most amusingly, Grimm). Honestly, while NBC exec Bob Greenblatt joked that a Grimm musical episode was a long way from a reality, it might get me to start watching that show again. The network's execs promised that their fall lineup won't be all music, but there is a lot of it, and they are going really heavy on the comedies as well. In fact, they mentioned the word comedy about 1,000 times in the two hours, but given that they did see fit to renew both Community and Parks and Recreation (and I got to sit within 100 yards of Adam Scott, which probably violates my restraining order in some way), I am inclined to overlook that. However, I am not willing to overlook the fact that most of the comedies that they mentioned look mediocre and forgettable at first glance.
Keri Russell is fighting her way out of obscurity and we couldn't be happier.