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Go On Review 'Urn-ed Run'

4/12/2013 10:18am EDT
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The episode description for tonight's Go On promised a cross country trip for Steve and Ryan wherein Ryan would interview for a national host job. "Urn-ed Run" did not involve a cross country trip wherein Ryan would eventually interview for a national host job. The fabricated plot line would've worked for a season finale story. Season finales are designed to provide closure for the season and establish story lines for the new season. Ryan achieved a professional milestone when his show was the #1 drive-time talk show in Los Angeles. Of course, Go On isn't about a man's goal to become a nati...

'Go On' Recap: 'Fast Breakup'

4/4/2013 11:57pm EDT
Go On
Close friends and family fall away from characters in the fantastical world of sitcoms. What's left are the core characters who've really just become part of the main character's universe. Any other character is reduced to a one-off guest character who'll pop up every now and then, or never again. I'm thinking of Boy Meets World's Rachel character and the way she showed up and immediately became part of the gang, even though she never bonded with any character besides Jack and Eric. Fortunately, Ryan and Wyatt have history together, so when Lauren tells Ryan to break up with Wyatt for her, ...

'Go On' Review: 'Matchup Problems'

3/27/2013 11:15am EDT
Mr. K mystifies Ryan
Go On's told the story of Ryan getting back into the dating field, meeting a crazy woman, and then dating her. Piper Perabo left the show a few episodes ago. Since Courtney Cox agreed to a guest spot on her friend's sitcom, the writers must've settled on telling roughly the same story they just finished telling. Of course, the difference is in the tone: Ryan's relationship with Simone was about growth whereas Ryan's pursuit of Talia is played for laughs. It's an opportunity to get two actors who starred on a rather popular sitcom awhile ago to play alongside each other once more. A lot of p...

'Go On' Review: 'Go For The Gold Watch'

3/20/2013 9:40am EDT
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The gold watch in the title refers to the watch the host of Los Angeles' gets whenever his or her radio show becomes the number one show in the area. The symbolism of the gold watch is obvious. The clock is ticking on the new number one show falling in the ratings, so the host must cherish the time the show is number one in Los Angeles. Ryan's waited for the day his show became number one. Such an accomplishment would usher in a new happy era for the recently widowed man. He is the toast of the town. Restaurants stop to celebrate his achievement. The gold watch never leaves his pocket. Rich...

'Go On' Review: 'Double Down'

3/5/2013 11:04pm EST
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Gambling's a well worn episode subject in television. Invariably, a character will begin gambling, experience success as a gambler, win big and then lose big. Sometimes, the gambling story is the episode's A story; other times, the gambling story is a B or even C story. Everwood had a B story about Andy helping a young Native-American that took him to the casino. One night, the other doctor in town, Harold, loses a great deal of money and faces the scrutiny of his wife and in-laws the next day. Gambling's an easy way to tell the classic story about a character rising, then falling, and then...

Matthew Perry And Courteney Cox Reunite For 'Go On'

2/20/2013 9:22am EST
Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox
The Bings are back and they're better than ever!

Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry, the beloved duo behind Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Bing on Friends, took to Twitter yesterday to upload behind the scenes photos on the set of Go On. Cox is currently filming a guest appearance on the NBC series, portraying a date for Perry's character, Ryan King.

Judging by their tweets, it seems like there's nothing but love on the set:

@MatthewPerry Courteney Cox shooting Go On today..! She is fantastic, obviously. And my desire to show off in front of her is back in full swing!

@CourteneyCox Shooting GO ON...

Go On 'Go Deep' Review

2/20/2013 8:15am EST
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What is the meaning of life? Leo Tolstoy had a crisis over the mystery of life's meaning. He vowed to kill himself if he didn't find the Answer to the most important Question. During his spiritual and existential crisis, he began a short story he never finished in which a character wonders what he's so afraid of. A voice responds, saying, "It's me! Death!" That's a poor paraphrase. Now, the similarities between Tolstoy and fictional character Ryan King are non-existent. Tolstoy gave up fiction after he looked into the void and saw nothing. King gives up sports radio before he looks into the...

'Go On' Review: 'Pass Interference'

1/30/2013 9:36am EST
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So, last week, Piper Perabo's trying to be Parker Posey in those two Louie episodes. This week, Perabo's surprisingly grounded. The scene that shows the change in Simone is the cockroach scene. Simone tells Ryan about the greatest meal of her life. In North India, a shaman and his wife gave her a cockroach to eat. She thought, "Why not?" and had her eating habits significantly altered. Ryan's given his own cockroach and he eats it. Simone busts out laughing because the story was a load of bull; she can't believe Ryan listened to her. Simone's character was introduced through a series of sto...

'Go On' Review: 'Comeback Player Of The Year'

1/23/2013 11:26am EST
Matthew Perry as Ryan King, Piper Perabo as Simone
The phrase "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper" is credited to the Irish poet W.B. Yeats in "Comeback Player of the Year." It's just a guess that Yeats wrote, or uttered, that beautiful lyric. Scholars are unsure. Go On attributes the line to a poem, an inspirational poem. Yeats didn't write inspirational poetry, certainly not the inspirational poetry our culture would recognize. Yeats drew on ancient Irish myth, religion, and his personal life, when composing verse. Go On goes for the broadest portrayal of anything--whether it's humor, a cha...

How Long Will This Comedy 'Go On'?

9/13/2012 10:41am EDT
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The premise of NBC’s ‘Go On’ is a curious choice for a sitcom star like Matthew Perry. After headlining the short-lived ‘Mr. Sunshine’ a couple of seasons ago, viewers perhaps thought his character was too harsh. In ‘Go On’ he’s still dark and snarky, but at least his character has a good reason for it: His wife recently died.

Perry plays Ryan King, a sportscaster who returns to work a little prematurely. He insists he’s fine after his spouse’s death a month earlier, but after a meltdown, his boss (John Cho) forces him to undergo 10 grief counseling sessions before returning to the job. Hi...

Matthew Perry Talks Therapy And His New Show 'Go On'

9/9/2012 10:30am EDT
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Matthew Perry returns to television for the third time since Friends. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip lasted one season and Mr. Sunshine got cancelled quick, but Go On hopes to be the new mainstay Matthew Perry show. Building off his more dramatic work, the show blends comedy and tragedy. Perry plays a sportscaster forced to go to grief therapy after the death of his wife.

“Behind everything is the fact that this guy just lost his wife, so there’s the reality of that,” Perry said speaking with the Television Critics Association this summer. “I don’t have a lot of experience grieving. I have ...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

9/8/2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...