Matthew Perry Joins NBC Pilot From Friends' Scott Silveri

By Leslie Kasperowicz 2012-03-01 17:53:22 discussion comments
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Matthew Perry is reuniting with an old friend at NBC for the comedy pilot Go On. Scott Silveri, one of the showrunners and writers from the hit Friends brought the new project to Perry, and he’s come on board to star and co-executive produce. Will this be the project that is finally successful for Perry?

After the failure of Mr. Sunshine Matthew Perry has been shopping around for a new gig, and apparently was approached for several pilots this season. But according to Deadline Silveri had him with the new project he apparently wrote with Matthew in mind. Go On is a comedy with a dramatic touch to it, focusing on a sportscaster who turns to a support group after a loss and finds unexpected comfort. Wait, that doesn’t sound funny at all. It is however billed as a single-camera comedy that Silveri says he found himself writing “with Matthew’s voice”.

Perry has been somewhat adrift since Friends came to an end, suffering the fate of many actors who played a role in a major hit that stayed on the air a long time. He can’t quite seem to escape Chandler Bing, nor convince audiences that he can play someone else. His own project, Mr. Sunshine, didn’t manage to get the ratings to stay on the air, and he’s done some lackluster films, but hasn’t quite found his post-Friends place in the world. Silveri has confidence in him though:
”Writing for him was one of the great creative experiences of my life…Matthew is a mightily talented actor and one of our great comedic voices.”

Perry does do the pathos of a guy who can’t quite deal with his feelings openly quite well – it’s what he did as Chandler. Which begs the question – with a writer from Friends creating a character for him, what are the odds the role can be different enough? Is Silveri just bringing Chandler back under a different name in a different role?
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