Go On – Premiere Date: September 11, Tuesdays at 9/8C
Synopsis: Matthew Perry (Friends) is Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan’s alpha-male boss, Stephen, played by John Cho (Star Trek, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air. Ryan is reluctant to attend but finds the oddball cast of characters endearing as we begin to learn about their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss.
What We Focused On:
TV has laid it thick with the “therapy” genre with Necessary Roughness, Common Law, and Anger Management, all of which I liked and couldn’t fathom another therapy-centered show to bowl me over, plus Matthew Perry is not a pull for me. So I was set not to like Go On, but to my surprise, I was laughing throughout. This is NBC’s best shot at a new hit, toeing the line of drama and comedy in a balanced and unexpected way.
It’s not perfect and yes, there’s a little too much Perry for my liking. The sports analogies may also lose some, but win over others. It’s the supporting cast you’ll find yourself rooting for. John Cho for instance as Ryan’s boss is one of his best roles in his ever-expanding career. Julie White as Anne, a mother grieving the loss of her daughter is another character you’ll want to know more about. You may recognize White from the Transformers movies where she was way over-the-top, but as Anne, she’s someone who could use a good laugh to help her cope. And Brett Gelman as the peculiar and grizzly bearded Mr. K gives the show those unpredictable, visual gags that ignite laughter in some really inappropriate times. I’m already looking forward to the second episode.
BuzzFocus Verdict: Tune In!