11 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 5
NBC is using its Summer Olympics coverage as a launching pad for its new programming lineup ... starting with its “sneak peek” of “Friends” alum Matthew Perry’s seriocomic show “Go On.” He plays a sportscaster ordered into therapy after his wife’s death, and among the moments of Chandler Bing-like humor are more serious reminders of Perry’s guest turn last season on CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
Perry spoke recently about the task of establishing a new show in the shadow of one of television’s most successful comedies ever.
Q: What was it about “Go On” that told you it was “the one” for you to return to weekly television with?
A: The script, when I first read it, certainly aspired to be something different. It was funny, yet it had a lot of heartfelt moments and was quite sad at certain points.
Q: Having been a member of one of the most popular ensemble casts in TV history, how is it to start over with a new one?
A: I had to make sure that I sort of set the tone. I was there early, I made sure people could see I was putting a lot of work into it, and I also made sure not to be selfish.
Q: In researching the broadcasting aspect of your new character, has your stepfather, Keith Morrison (“Dateline NBC”) proved valuable?
A: Absolutely! It’s nice to be back on NBC with him. It’s a good group of people there, and they give shows a chance. In the hopefully improbable event this show doesn’t perform that great in the very beginning, I think they may stick with it if they like the quality. It was the first show they picked up for the season, so our goal is to keep them liking it that much.