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Go On Review
Matthew Perry Returns to Our Screens in Go On
Matthew Perry is back on tv in a new sitcom called Go On. The show will air on NBC on August the 8th, 2012.
Matthew Perry returns to what he does best in Go On, where he plays the lead character. If you missed the witty comments and situational humor of Chandler Bing, in Friends, then you'll probably be really happy to hear about the latest comedy to arrive at NBC this Fall.
So What's Go On All About?
The whole theme behind Go On is that the lead character, Ryan King, is a funny sportscaster who isn't scared to talk.
He can make guests on the show feel comfortable while making them and the audience chuckle at the same time. However, his life changes when his wife dies in a car accident.
When Ryan freaks out at a driver for texting while behind the wheel, his boss sends him to a support group. The idea is for Ryan to talk through his loss and begin to deal with it, rather than continue on his existing path.
To begin with, Ryan is in denial and doesn't want to discuss the loss of his wife. However, the people he works for are worried that he could lose it at the wrong moment, which would be bad on a live radio show.
Ryan has no choice but to go to the support group.
To begin with, Ryan finds it impossible to open up and discuss his feelings. He's a sportcaster, so his feelings are normally irrelevent; the show is based on his guest's feelings and opinions. Needing to express his emotions and feelings is new to him and is very uncomfortable.
He strives to avoid having to face these emotions in a number of funny ways.
He decides to run a competition between the other members of the support group. This way the audience are able to find out the stories of the other members of the group.
This is one of the funniest parts of the series and Ryan is left to decide who has the saddest tale in the group.
Ryan continues to bond with the group and with the group leader. He soon discovers that she isn't really qualified for the role. The only experience she has with group therapy is with Weight Watchers. However, she must do something right because Ryan does open up and explain how he feels guilty for his wife's death.
Janey was texting Ryan to get a bag of coffee, while driving. She died because of it and he's all alone now that he's lost the love of his life.
Although the show is very funny, there are lots of other emotions expressed on the show. If you watch Go On, expect to feel sad at key moments of the show. However, the show would soon become stale and boring if it was just one laugh after the other. It brings a realness to the show by having an actual plot and storyline to build on.
Go On Cast and Characters
Steven (John Cho) runs a radio broadcasting company and sends Ryan King to therapy.
Matthew Perry plays the lead role of Ryan King. Ryan King is trying to get over the death of his wife and is sent to a therapy group to discuss his feelings.
Ryan's assistant is called Carrie and is played by Allison Miiler. They like to joke around and get on really well.
At the group he meets Lauren Schneider (Laura Benanti), who is the leader of the therapy group. She's experienced with helping hundreds of people lose weight through the Weight Watchers scheme, including herself.
Other members of the therapy group include George (Bill Cobbs). He has some serious health issues, but is willing to laugh at himself now and then.
Anne (Julie White) lost her husband and can't stop feeling angry about it.
Owen (Tyler James Williams) is probably the quietest member of the group and doesn't like to talk about how his brother had a skiiing accident which left him in a coma.
Other characters grief stems from the death of a pet, a family member or a combination of these events. One of the funniest stories come from one of the male participants who finds out his wife had an affair and is pregnant with another man's child.
Is Matthew Perry Still Funny?
The Real Message Behind Go On
Although Go On is a comedy on the surface, it deals with some deep waters.
Go On tackles the 5 stages of grief in an interesting, and at times, funny manner.
Each of the characters is in their own stage of grief, be it denial, anger, bargaining or depression. The fifth stage of acceptance isn't really represented as I doubt they would need to join a therapy group if they'd worked through all the other stages. However, this could easily change as the series progresses.
To begin with, Ryan King doesn't really want to talk about the death of his wife and is in denial. His boss can see this, and tries to encourage Ryan to work though his grief by joining the group.
However, in the process of being fixed, Ryan helps others in the group and the moral of the story comes shining through. Go On is more about people getting on with their lives. That sometimes they need help and support from others to continue down the road and to keep their chins up. But if you have friends (no pun intended) to help you pull through anything is possible.
Go On is about how a bunch of seemingly random people, who really have little in common, apart from their grief and loss, are able to come together and become a functioning unit.