What better way to ring in your 43rd birthday than with a successful pilot? That's exactly what Matthew Perry will have to celebrate on his Aug. 19 birthday, thanks to the post-Olympics ratings success of his new show "Go On."
In "Go On," Perry plays a widowed sportscaster ordered to attend group therapy, according to NBC. It's being billed as Perry's triumphant return to NBC after the runaway smash success of "Friends." Will it live up to the hype? Let's see what critics are saying.
Olympics Helped Spark Interest
Few new shows have something as strong as the summer Olympic Games as a lead in. However, "Go On" is one of those lucky ones: The pilot was previewed after NBC's coverage on Aug. 8 with more than 16 million people tuning in, according to the Washington Post. Will that translate to the same interest when the show starts its season on Sept. 11?
It's still up in the air, of course. Fans - including many critics - seem to be pulling for him to make this show a hit after failed tries on shows like "Mr. Sunshine."
"…He is taking a surprisingly simplistic, almost retro route, with a character who might have wandered into Newhart's office, who cannot speak about the healing process without the aid of verbal quotation marks," the Los Angeles Times wrote in its (generally) positive review.
Another reviewer compared it to "Community," albeit a darker version. Not a bad thing to be, given "Community's" rabid fan following.
Basically, it seems like Perry's created a likeable character, a la Chandler Bing on "Friends."
Back to 'The Good Wife'
Perry won't just be on NBC this fall. The actor will reportedly make a return to CBS' popular "The Good Wife" in the new season. The actor told Zap2It that his return was set to be at least a 10-episode arc, but "Go On" changed that. Now he'll be in a couple of episodes during the season.
Not that he minds: Perry said he loves playing the bad guy.
"I'd never played an all-out bad guy before. The fact that he was basically a sociopath, a guy who would lie to your face, was just so much fun to play," he said of his character, Mike Kresteva.
Given his past troubles with drugs and alcohol, we have no problem seeing Perry in a darker role. We still love him in comedy, though.
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