ⓘ Go On (TV series)

                                     

ⓘ Go On (TV series)

Go On is an American sitcom television series created by Scott Silveri, that aired on NBC from August 8, 2012 to April 11, 2013. The series starred Matthew Perry as Ryan King, a sports talk radio host trying to move on from the death of his wife. It was given a series order on April 20, 2012. A preview episode aired following the Olympics coverage on August 8. The series premiered on September 11, 2012, in its normal Tuesday timeslot at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central after The Voice.

On October 2, 2012, NBC ordered a full season of Go On, to contain 22 episodes. On May 10, 2013, NBC announced that the series had been cancelled after one season.

                                     

1.1. Cast and characters Main cast

  • Matthew Perry as Ryan King, a sports talk radio host who joins a support group while trying to move on from his late wifes death.
  • Suzy Nakamura as Yolanda Mitsawa, an anesthesiologist whose fiance left her, and who feels that everything is "too sexual", including jazz and cats that continuously rub against her.
  • Sarah Baker as Sonia episode 14 onwards; previously recurring, a member of the group, who is grieving over the death of her cat, Cinderella.
  • Tyler James Williams as Owen Lewis, whose brother is in a coma following a skiing accident. He is extremely shy in the beginning, though he has come out of his shell quite a bit since Ryan has joined the group.
  • Laura Benanti as Lauren Bennett, the groups poorly trained leader. She fancies herself "in charge" of the groups emotional well-being.
  • John Cho as Steven, Ryans boss and best friend, who forces him to seek counseling.
  • Brett Gelman as "Mr K.", a mysterious member whose first name is Benjamin and who designed NASAs Mars Curiosity rovers sampling arm, coping with grief that the others are too afraid to ask him about.
  • Julie White as Anne, a lesbian prosecutor coping with the death of her partner, and stuck in the "anger" stage of grief.
                                     

1.2. Cast and characters Recurring cast

  • Piper Perabo as Simone, a popular, former member of the support group, who was dealing with an injury that made her unable to work in her dancing career. She is disliked by Lauren, and develops a romantic relationship with Ryan.
  • Bill Cobbs as George, a member of the group who is blind.
  • Tonita Castro as Fausta, a member of the group, who is grieving the death of her father and brother.
  • Christine Woods as Janie King, Ryans deceased wife who died in a car crash due to texting while driving.
  • Allison Miller as Carrie, Ryans assistant, on whom she has a crush. The penultimate episode of the series reveals that these feelings are mutual, and she quits her job so that they are free to carry out a relationship.
  • Seth Morris as Danny, a member of the group, a discharged soldier whose wife had a son with another man while he was on deployment.
  • Hayes MacArthur as Wyatt Achenbach, Laurens chiropractor fiance.
  • Terrell Owens as himself. In the first episode, he was Ryans first guest after he returned from his bereavement leave. In later episodes, he became Ryans assistant at KBAL.
                                     

2. Development and production

NBC ordered Go On to pilot in January 2012. Matthew Perry was announced as the series lead actor on March 1. Creator Scott Silveri, who worked with Perry on Friends, claims he subconsciously wrote the part for him.

On April 20, 2012, the pilot became the first of the 2012–13 American television season to gain a series order of thirteen episodes. Go On aired its pilot on August 8, 2012, during the 2012 Summer Olympics, as a "sneak preview", and was picked up for a full season of twenty-two episodes, on October 2, 2012. Episode eight was originally scheduled for October 30, 2012 but was pre-empted by coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The last two episodes were aired on Thursday unlike the other episodes which aired on Tuesday.

                                     

3.1. Reception Critical

The series has received favorable reviews from critics. It holds a Metacritic score of 66/100, indicating "generally favorable" reviews. Verne Gay of Newsday gave the show a 5 star rating, noting, "The cast is good, even excellent. But Perrys the one who sells Go On." David Hinckley of the New York Daily News described the show as "Maybe the best new sitcom of the fall." Hank Stuever of the Washington Post praised the directing of the show, observing, Go On moves quite breezily--much like an NBC-flavored take on premium cable dramadies such as The Big C and Enlightened. Its not as good as either of those, but it has the same happy-sad aura, with just a dash of Community -like absurdity to keep the speed limit up."

Several critics mentioned the shows resemblance to fellow NBC sitcom Community. Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club said, "The shows weird similarities to Community distract". Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix called the show Community with Chandler Bing instead of the guy from The Soup." James Poniewozik of Time described its premise as being "as much as possible like Community s without actually being Community ".