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Go On Season 1 Finale Review “Urn-ed Run”

At the beginning of the series’ run, Go On was a show about people (namely Ryan King) attempting to move on from some tragic event. The storylines addressed how the tragedy affected the everyday lives of some of the characters. In particular, Ryan King seemed lost without the one woman who held him together. Somewhere along the line (I’m looking at you, Piper Perabo), the show became less about grief and seemed like it was actively trying to be a broader version of Community. As a result, the show was not very good. These characters simply aren’t funny enough on their own to make this show a true ensemble piece. Fortunately, the show’s final few episodes of the season have reminded me of why this show was interesting in the first place. The comedy can be witty, but it’s the quieter moments where the show rises a notch above every other mediocre comedy on television. READ MORE...

Go On Review 'Urn-ed Run'

The episode description for tonight's Go On promised a cross country trip for Steve and Ryan wherein Ryan would interview for a national host job. "Urn-ed Run" did not involve a cross country trip ... //

'Go On' Recap: 'Fast Breakup'

Close friends and family fall away from characters in the fantastical world of sitcoms. What's left are the core characters who've really just become part of the main character's universe. Any othe... //

Go On Season 1 Review “Fast Breakup”

For the majority of the second half of the season, Go On has been searching for ways to thrust Ryan King into various relationships. The most noticeable of which was a multi-episode arc with Piper Perabo. Most of the women (including Perabo) have produced less than inspiring results. With the specter of his dead wife moving over every relationship he has now, the choice to tease a relationship with Carrie (by far is most interesting prospect) could speak a little to the show’s interest in throwing everything at the wall in case there is no season 2. More importantly, the show hasn’t done enough with their relationship to make this point seem natural. They’ve been friendly with one another, but Ryan routinely abused her as his secretary (sweet way to give notice by Carrie) and was exceedingly needy without much in the way of reciprocation. How Carrie is into Ryan at this point seems pretty questionable. It’s a relationship that definitely should happen, but it needs time to breathe. Unfortunately, with season 2 no guarantee, the show decided to push the time table a little bit. They don’t have many places to go with (next week is the season finale), so it will be interesting to see the resting point of the relationship. READ MORE...

'Go On' Review: 'Matchup Problems'

Go On's told the story of Ryan getting back into the dating field, meeting a crazy woman, and then dating her. Piper Perabo left the show a few episodes ago. Since Courtney Cox agreed to a guest sp... //

Go On Season 1 Review “Matchup Problems”

Stunt casting has a long and storied history on television. Back when everyone with a television tuned into the same five networks in primetime, television shows could drum up a lot of interest in an episode if they touted a particular guest star. Once a staple of television viewing, stunt casting now barely moves the needle. If anything, it can do a lot more for the guest star than the show. It’s become something of a heat generator if the guest star is stepping out of his/her comfort zone (See Hamm, Jon, 30 Rock). This week, Go On took a shot at stunt casting by bringing out Monica Bing Jules Cobb Courtney Cox as a potential romantic interest for Ryan. Since Courtney Cox doesn’t need the heat (Have you watched Cougar Town recently?), her visit feels more like a desperation move for the flagging freshman comedy. I can’t imagine Cox’s visit produced much of a ratings increase, but a slight uptick may occur. Still, the question remains: How many of those people are likely to stick around? READ MORE...

'Go On' Review: 'Go For The Gold Watch'

The gold watch in the title refers to the watch the host of Los Angeles' gets whenever his or her radio show becomes the number one show in the area. The symbolism of the gold watch is obvious. The... //

Go On Season 1 Review “Go for the Gold Watch”

When a new network show is given a full season order, the show is given the leeway to explore different combinations and try some different ideas. In the case of Go On, NBC’s horrendous overall ratings coupled with the show’s star power afford it even more room to sample some different ideas. As a result, the show decided to shine on a spotlight on a different character combination and provide (or at least attempt to) more insight into the life of another character. The result is a fairly breezy 22 minutes that doesn’t always hit the mark, but does give the impression the show wants to expand its worldview. READ MORE...

Go On Season 1 Review “Double Down”

When we’ve watched someone on our television screens for a number of years, we begin to see old character traits not as certain tics relative to that particular actor, but manifestations of times gone by. In many ways, those old beats can be comforting and bring up certain feelings of nostalgia. However, if the actions are put in the wrong context, then those comforting character beats become the stale flailings of an actor who only knows one way to portray television characters. Right or wrong, this thought is always prominent anytime I watch Matthew Perry on Go On. As you watch an episode unfold, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between Ryan King and when Matthew Perry is "Chandlering" (Copyright, Adam Newland, 2013). While Chandler had his unnerving moments in the ten season run of Friends, it’s still an iconic character in one of the seminal television shows of recent memory. Now forced to carry NBC’s broader answer to the cult favorite Community, Perry alternates between strong lead in a comedy about the nature of grief and notable goofball who will do anything to get laughs. READ MORE...

'Go On' Review: 'Double Down'

Gambling's a well worn episode subject in television. Invariably, a character will begin gambling, experience success as a gambler, win big and then lose big. Sometimes, the gambling story is the e... //