NBC’s comedy kill spree claimed another victim today with news that the Matthew Perry led comedy Go On has been cancelled after just one season. NBC aired 11 scripted sitcoms during the 2012-13 ratings season and Go On’s cancellation makes a total of 8 of the 11 comedies that are not returning for a new season.
30Rock and The Office both finished their series up, Sophomore sitcoms Whitney and the Christina Applegate/Will Arnett sitcom Up All Night were both cancelled along with fellow freshman entries Animal Practice, 1600 Penn and Guys with Kids all dead as well.
Go On featured Perry as sports radio announcer Ryan King who undertakes grief counseling after the death of his wife. The show premiered to decent ratings with the helping boost of having coverage of the 2012 Olympics as a lead in, but over the course of the season, viewing numbers began to dwindle giving NBC to push to switch the show off.
This is unfortunately Perry’s third failed attempt at scripted television post FRIENDS with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine also faltering at the season one finish line. Perry shouldn’t fret though. It’s taken several false starts for other former cast members to find their feet post FRIENDS. Lisa Kudrow finally found her’s via internet-based-turned-TV-series Web Therapy while Courteney Cox managed to scrape two seasons of tabloid drama DIRT in before ending up in Cougar Town now in it’s fifth season. Most well known of the cast to struggle was Matt LeBlanc whose FRIENDS spin-off Joey was so widely panned it caused a spin-off of sister comedy Will & Grace featuring characters Jack & Karen to be cancelled. Luckily LeBlanc picked up the incredibly funny Episodes playing himself and even nabbed himself a best actor Golden Globe award.
To date, Parks and Recreation is the only comedy on NBC to be given the green light for a new season while
Community and The New Normal wait for that breath of new life. (I’d be surprised if NBC didn’t renew both) Instead, NBC plan to re-invigorate their comedy line up with new shows including The Michael J Fox show (How great to see him back on our screens!) About A Boy (Based on the movie starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette) and Sean Saves The World starring Sean Hayes.
One can only hope that NBC manage to clean up the dead comedies with as little blood on their hands as possible.
Update: Community officially renewed, New Normal cancelled 😦
- NBC Keeps Cancellations Coming! Matthew Perry’s Go On Series WON’T Go On! (perezhilton.com)
- NBC cancels Matthew Perry comedy ‘Go On’ (sacbee.com)