Matthew Perry did two episodes of The Good Wife last season and
those two episodes where he was only present briefly were a thousand
times more interesting and funny than the first two episodes of Go On.
Perry stars as Ryan King, the host of "The Ryan King Show" on KBAL, a
sports-talk radio program. We join him a month following the death of
his wife. The company that owns the show thinks he needs counseling, so
he gets put into group therapy sessions, a novel concept, if Charlie
Sheen hadn't done something very similar this summer on FX's Anger Management.
The comedy comes from the fact that each member of the therapy group has some kind of quirk. The rest of the comedy comes from Ryan not believing in therapy and taking every opportunity to take the sessions from Lauren, played by Laura Benanti, and lead them himself. It was annoying when he did it in the first episode. It continued to be annoying in the second.
Supposedly, Ryan is a man in mourning, but his actions don't reflect that in the slightest. The death of his wife is meant to justify his behavior, no matter how obnoxious like when he stalks and grows semi-co-dependent of his assistant, Carrie, played by Allison Miller. I think the makers of this show want Ryan to become endearing, but the deficit that's created in these first two episodes will require them to do a lot of work.
One Star out of Five.
Running Time: 30 mins.
Airs Tuesdays at 9PM on NBC.