Matthew Perry and his new NBC sitcom, Go On, have landed one of the biggest names in sports for a guest starring appearance.
Bob Costas, one of the most well-known sportscasters on the planet, will appear in an episode of the new series, reports Entertainment Weekly. Costas recently finished anchoring the peacock's Olympics coverage.
In his appearance, Costas will (presumably) play himself, as he comes to town with a potential life-altering opportunity for Perry's character, Ryan King. Costas' character is a fan of King, who is a sports radio host who is in group therapy after having difficulty coping with his wife's death.
This seems like a cute cameo, but not a game-changer by any sense of the word. I wonder if this will become part of what the series does heading forward - having sports stars/figures appear to give Perry's character some legitimacy. It worked wonders for HBO's "hit" Arliss.
I think Go On is going to need more than Chandler Bing 2.0 and sports cameos to break through. The show has potential and NBC seems behind it, but will it draw an audience? Can Perry bring the necessary emotion to the playing field?
NBC previewed Go On on Aug. 8, drawing nearly 16 million viewers - a very good start.
The show will debut in its 9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday slot on Sept. 11.