Could Matthew Perry finally find a long term TV home again? Deadline Hollywood is reporting that former Friends showrunner Scott Silveri has cast Perry in his new NBC dramedy pilot entitled "Go On". The new series would focus on Perry as "an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group."
Perry cites the quality of Silveri's script as the deciding factor in him signing up - "Scott has written a very funny, touching pilot. I’m very excited to be working with him again. I asked him to turn this into an ice show. He said no. We have picked up right where we left off."
While Perry wasn't originally in mind when the script was being written, he was Silveri's first choice when NBC commisioned a pilot - "Matthew is a mightily talented actor and one of our great comedic voices. He and I worked together for eight wonderful years on Friends. I’m thrilled for this opportunity for him to learn my name."
The former Chandler Bing hasn't been having the greatest run as of late. In fact, the only real success story he's had since the cancellation of his wildly successful sitcom Friends in 2004 is co-starring in the fairly successful film 17 Again in 2009, and that was more of a vehicle for Zac Efron than anything else. His two efforts to anchor his own comedy series (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip & Mr. Sunshine) both fell flat with audiences despite crticial praise and became one season and done projects.
Will this comedy/drama bring Perry back to the level of success he's never known outside of Friends? Or will these yet another series to add to his one-season wonder scrapheap?