NBC Picks Up New Matthew Perry Sitcom
Has the 'Friends' curse lifted?
NBC is renewing its friendship with Matthew Perry. According to Deadline.com, the network has picked up 13 episodes of the former "Friends" star's latest sitcom. In "Go On," the report says, Perry will play a Chandler-esque sportscaster who, "trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group."
After the "Friends" finale in 2004, four of the six cast members tried to re-establish themselves on television and failed. (Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer couldn't fail because they didn't try.) Perry fumbled two prime- time chances: NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" in 2006 and ABC's "Mr. Sunshine" last year.
So what's different this time? Was NBC really that floored by the script? The acting?
Perhaps. But, just as likely, Perry has Courteney Cox to thank. In February, her "Cougar Town" broke the "'Friends' curse" by becoming the first TV show headlined by a former cast member to reach its third season.
Good work! Move on.