‘Go On’:

11 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Chan­nel 5

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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.


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