TVLine Items: NBC Picks Up New Matthew Perry Sitcom, Mariska Hargitay Inks SVU Deal and More

Matthew Perry is officially headed back to the sitcom beat: NBC has ordered to series the famous Friend’s comedy pilot, Go On.

The project, from former Friends exec producer Scott Silveri, centers on a sportscaster (Perry) who, while trying to move on from a loss, finds solace in his mandatory group-therapy sessions.

Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club) and Julie White (Law & Order: SVU, Transformers) are set to co-star.

Our sister site Deadline first reported the pickup.

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Law & Order: SVU is inching closer to a renewal. Per The Hollywood Reporter, frontwoman Mariska Hargitay has signed a new deal to continue with the long-running procedural, should it be picked up for Season 14.

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• Cinemax has given a pilot order to Hurt People, the GK-tv hitman drama project starring CSI vet William Petersen, Deadline reports.

• Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air) has joined the cast of BET’s upcoming comedy Second Generation Wayans, which is based on the members of the famous family. She’ll play “Damien’s” personal assistant.

• SOAPnet will air a four-hour, mom-themed Brothers & Sisters marathon on — what else? — Mother’s Day, which this year falls on Sunday, May 13.

• POTUS Barack Obama will drop by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on April 24.

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35 Comments
  1. James R. says:

    I’m a big fan of Matthew Perry.. Ever since Friends. Hope this does well. I have my doubts though.

    • Lee says:

      I have my doubts too in light of his most recent sit-com. I think he’s fantastic in The Good Wife. He should stick to drama. It shows a different side to him. Arent’t we tired of Chandler Bing by now?!

      • Anne says:

        I couldn’t agree more Lee. I love Matthew Perry but was secretly hoping his pilot would not be picked up so he could have a more permanent stay on The Good Wife. With this news it kind of spoils the plotline on TGW.

    • Turnitup says:

      The “group therapy” aspect sounds TIRED. Just because everyone in the tv biz goes to AA meetings doesn’t mean group therapy is fun to watch. If you don’t believe me, go fire up all those DEAR JOHN dvd’s you own.

  2. Linds says:

    Hope it works out for Perry, we really enjoyed Mr. Sunshine.

  3. Sue says:

    Perhaps Mattew Perry should try a drama for a change.

    • Amanda says:

      He’s was on the Good Wife for two episodes and I think he might be on more before the season is over. He was awesome, really blew me away. I think he’d do great sticking with drama

    • Amy says:

      Because Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip did so well….

  4. jcshell says:

    Given the success of Joey, Mr. Sunshine, and Cougar Town (which I happen to love, for the record), this sounds like a really wise decision. Way to go, NBC!

    • Joseph says:

      Agree , huge mistake AGAIN ,,
      I like him also , BUT , he as such a big personality that he needs a strong cast around him so that he is watchable.

  5. CJ says:

    I loved Mr. Sunshine and was disappointed when it was canceled. Matthew Perry needs to be on my TV on a weekly basis in something other than the endless Friends re-runs that are already on 24/7.

  6. Brendan says:

    All watching ‘Go On’ will do is make me want to watch Studio 60 again. Which would be the 117th time.

  7. ggny says:

    The guy needs to do a hard hitting drama he was amazing on the west wing and the good wife…Time to change it up Matthew

  8. kirads09 says:

    “Cinemax has given a pilot order to Hurt People, the GK-tv hitman drama project starring CSI vet William Petersen”.

    Bingo – they got me with this one. I have so missed him. *sigh* Add yet another premium channel? – my cable bill is killin’ me!

  9. Nate says:

    So if Tatyana Ali is on a new show, does that mean Love That Girl! is canceled?

  10. Dee says:

    OMG! SVU needs to be cancelled now.

  11. sarah says:

    Liked Matthew on Friends BUT 1/2/3 strikes your out, he has not had a show that has lasted since Friends

  12. Pearl says:

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!! Please, Can’t we have him on Good Wife FOREVER? I LOVE him as an rival/enemie to Alicia. He was way netter than any other person in this position. I mean, i love MR. Fox but, he is a good frenemie. Mathew is not a little friendly with Alicia, he is an FANTASTIC enemie. I cant get enough of him. Just cancel the sitcom and give him an place at Good Wife.

  13. Joe Strummer says:

    I liked him in the Ron Clark Story. He played a teacher that went to a tough school. Very good dramatic role for him here too.

  14. Carmichael says:

    *sighs* SVU is never going to go away

  15. Sam says:

    SVU needs continuing, Mariska is an amazing actress!!!

  16. JAO says:

    Argh… Perry needs to stick to shows like Good Wife. He’s great. So don’t want to see him in this sit com. Way to go NBC.

  17. Andrea says:

    Darn! There goes the kick-ass governor election storyline on TGW. Was looking forward to Perry vs, Noth in scenes.

  18. Will this be in front of a live audience or going to be like “Free Agents” which died in only a few episodes?

  19. Tee says:

    I like Perry on Good Wife, I hope there’s at least some wiggle room for recurring guest appearances like many other wonderful performers that show up.

  20. florence says:

    C’mon Matt… third time’s a charm!

  21. mia says:

    I love Perry, so I’ll pretty much watch whatever he’s doing.
    .
    That said, I’d really love him to keep showing up on The Good Wife. He was spectacular.

    • songbyrd86 says:

      Never watched The Good Wife, even though I’ve liked Juliana Margulies (sp?) since she was on ER. Matthew Perry is one of my favorite actors even since friends. He can deliver awesome performances when given the right script. I don’t think it’s his acting or comedy ability that has gone, I think it’s his judgement on what roles to take. There are things where he just shines like friends, and from what I’ve read and heard, on TGW. He needs to pick his roles better to pick his career back up.

  22. Me says:

    Can the president please run the country and stop trying to be a celebrity!!!!! There is a difference!

  23. Lila says:

    Stay on TGW, Perry! Staaaaaaaaaaayy.

  24. since when do we have an acronym for the President? lol

  25. nicola davison says:

    I hope svu comes back for season14 i love the show and i think mariska is amazing actress to xxx

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