But this was a particularily harsh season for comedy on NBC, as 30 Rock and The Office reached the ending, and Whitney, Guys with Kids, 1600 Penn, Up All night, Animal Practice and now Go On got cancelled, while the only renewal has been so far Parks and Recreation and only two shows stayed in the bubble in Community and The New Normal.
It appears that NBC is quite happy with the pilots ordered, because it axed almost everything. In the case of Go On, it gets cancelled due to low ratings, but high concept comedy is not working well on broadcast, meaning it´s third cancellation in a row for Perry´s projects.
Matthew Perry (“Friends,” “Mr. Sunshine”) stars as 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, Steven (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.
A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for “life change” where he meets an oddball cast of characters, all with their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss. On his very first visit, Ryan convinces the group to deviate from their normal session and starts a tournament-style competition (March Sadness!) to find out whose story is the worst. Ryan’s total lack of interest in “the healing process” proves distracting, and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti (“The Playboy Club”). Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn’t really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on. Also starring are Tony Award winner Julie White (“Transformers”) as Anne, Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Owen, Suzy Nakamura (“Dodgeball”) as Yolanda, and Brett Gelman as Mr.K (“30 Minutes or Less”).
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