Matthew Perry makes his comedic return to NBC with 'Go On'
Home is where Central Perk used to be for Matthew Perry. The actor is returning to his former stamping ground with the comedy "Go On," which was given a series order by NBC for the 2012-13 season, the network confirmed Friday.
Could he be any happier? Perry will star as a cheeky sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and finds comfort from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.
The actor hasn't exactly found long-term TV success post-"Friends." He costarred in the Aaron Sorkin behind-the-scenes drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," in which he played former writer Matt Albie who took over production of an "SNL"-type show, but it got the boot after one season. And his next comedy venture, which saw him on ABC with "Mr. Sunshine" last year, had a gloomy run, also ending after one season. NBC, for its part, has seen an equally dreary run since "Friends" ended after 10 seasons.
Recently, Perry has popped up on TV with a multi-episode arc on CBS' "The Good Wife," playing a charming yet smarmy lawyer.
Maybe the fact that "Go On," a single-camera comedy, comes from "Friends" scribe Scott Silveri might bring that spark back to Perry and NBC. Or maybe the fact that Silveri also worked on "Joey" might signal where that spark is headed.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Matthew Perry portrays Ben Donovan in a scene from "Mr. Sunshine" (2011). Credit: Michael Desmond/ABC.