By Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
Looking toward the fall, I am already heartened by the NBC series “Go On.” I laughed even more when I watched the premiere a second time than I did the first. And, while the series does not officially premiere until Sept. 11, you can get a look at it Wednesday night, at 11 p.m.
Once upon a time, if a network had a big viewing event like the Olympics to bring in viewers, you would use that opportunity to promote the daylights out of your upcoming shows, hoping that the audience would return to see them post-Olympics.
The sitcom’s preview is set to follow Olympics coverage at about 11 p.m. (One listing says 11:08. I’d say to set the DVR for 11 and keep it running for at least an hour.)
“Animal Practice,” another new comedy, will get the same treatment on Sunday, following the closing ceremonies.
Take a look at “Go On.” It stars Matthew Perry as a sports talk radio host who, after the death of his wife, joins a grief-support group full of people who will need his support as much as he needs theirs. The premiere falters near the end as it tries too obviously to clarify Perry’s character.
But before and after that point, it is funny and touching, with another solid performance by Perry. And the cast is stacked with comedy pros such as Julie White (“Grace Under Fire”) and Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”).