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TV ratings: 'Go On' has solid opening Tuesday while 'The Voice' and 'The New Normal' are steady

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012NBC got pretty decent ratings from its new Tuesday lineup, as "Go On" pulled in solid numbers in its time-period premiere and "The New Normal" drew ratings almost identical to its Monday debut. "The Voice" was off a little bit from Monday's premiere but still drew the night's biggest audience."Parenthood" was also in line with its usual ratings. The caveat, of course, is that the other networks are still in summer mode -- the only other original offering Tuesday night was "So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX. NBC led the night with 8.4 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/9 share in households. CBS (7.5 million, 5.1/8) came in second in viewers, well ahead of FOX's 4.3 million and 2.6/4. ABC (2.4 million, 1.7/3) took fourth. The CW trailed with 670,000 viewers and a 0.4/1.NBC's lead among adults 18-49 was wider -- its 2.9 rating almost doubled... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/tv-ratings-go-on-has-solid-opening-tuesday-while-the-voice-and-the-new-normal-are-steady.html

'Go On': Will you be there again for Matthew Perry?

NBC employed the novel strategy of airing the "Go On" pilot not once, but three times, before the show's official, time-period premiere Tuesday night (Sept. 11). So now that you've finally seen a second episode, what's your verdict?As with a lot of new shows and new comedies in particular, "Go On" still feels like a work in progress. Being honest about the losses its characters have suffered while still getting laughs out of how they handle it is a tricky thing. So far, the show seems to be walking the line pretty well, and it's made a wise decision in not trying to hook up Matthew Perry's and Laura Benanti's characters too quickly -- even if the laws of television dictate that they're headed toward that point somewhere down the road.As we said in our review, there's a good deal of potential in the NBC show and in its particularly strong ensemble, which also includes... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/go-on-will-you-be-there-again-for-matthew-perry.html

'Go On' Cast On Grief Comedy & Working With Matthew Perry

" Go On " re-aired its premiere episode last night, and tonight marks the show's official premiere with Episode 2, "He Got Game, She Got Cats" (premieres Tues., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. ET on NBC), where grieving widow Ryan King ( Matthew Perry ) realizes he may not have all the answers after all. HuffPost TV caught up with some of Perry's co-stars to find out more about working with the "Friends" alum, learning about this very special group of people, Ryan's life at work outside of the group and what's to come. Keep reading for more scoop from Laura Benanti, who stars as the support group's Type-A leader, Lauren; Brett Gelman, a regular at UCB, who plays Mr. K, a man whose grief is obvious but also a total mystery; Suzy Nakamura, who plays the group's wannabe star student Yolanda; and John Cho, who plays Steven, Ryan's boss and best friend who mandates his grief therapy. On working with Matthew Perry Laura Benanti: "He's the worst. He's not handsome, he's not funny, he's not smart ... no, he's the best. He's truly a great guy. I feel like I've known all these guys for a long time already." John Cho: "For me, I'm working with a hero of mine, Matthew Perry. I've stolen so much from him over the years, it's kind of embarrassing. [Laughs.] I told him, 'This is really weird for me. You're my teacher, but you don't even know you're my teacher. So you don't know how big this moment is for me.'" Suzy Nakamura: "He's great ... and I'm not just saying that. He's a team player and our leader. We all look to him because he has so much experience, but he also makes sure we're all working toward to same goal, as an ensemble, which is making this sweet, emotional, funny show. It's not easy for him -- he does a lot of the heavy lifting -- but he's great. "With Matthew's character, he's obviously the coolest guy that I've ever met and I want to be best friends with him. And that's not far from the actual reality. He cares about the show first -- he wants everybody to shine." More about the group's many characters Brett Gelman on Mr. K: "He's definitely the weirdest of the group, but in a way, he's the simplest and most straightforward. He wants friends really bad, and that's really his main thing. He's complicated with how he pursues that, but ... [laughs] really he just wants to be loved. But the group's really a family, and they accept him more and more as the show goes on, and everybody accepts each other." Laura Benanti on Lauren: "She is just as messed up as they are in some ways. Inherently, I'm the straight man to these folks, but I love that Scott [Silverli, creator] is allowing me to explore her sense of humor as well. I love that he's constantly throwing in little weird things for her." Suzy Nakamura on Yolanda: "Yolanda is the teacher's pet. She wants to please! The groups knows why she's there, but the audience doesn't know why she's there yet -- it'll be revealed. I think she could be annoying, but since her intentions are so good and pure, it's funny. We all know people like that, don't we?" About Ryan's life outside of group John Cho: "Right now, it's really about these two guys who are trying to figure out this terrible thing together, and they're incredibly ill-equipped to talk about these things, and that's funny to me. And it's real." What's next? Laura Benanti: "I want to explore a little bit more of her background, like why she was 40 pounds heavier. I might like a flashback episode. But what led her to Weight Watchers, and what led her to this group? I would like to see her in more stressful situations, too -- with all of her purported knowledge of how to handle oneself, I feel like when it comes to her, it'd all go out the window. In Episode 4, we experience her having a stressful reaction, and the group helps her, which I really loved. But we're also going to see the character outside of the group, relating to each other more socially away from the circle." "Go On" premieres Tues., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. ET on NBC. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/fjBJxH9-SsE/go-on-premiere_n_1874244.html

'Go On': The challenge of Matthew Perry's 13 costume changes

The new NBC series "Go On," starring Matthew Perry as sportscaster Ryan King, gives costume designer Nancy Gould a main character with many layers that she helps reveal through the clothes she selects."There is a lot of room for distinction between the sports world and therapy world," Gould tells Zap2it. "[Ryan] is confident and smart and successful on this radio show, so he dresses well in sports coats, suits and dress shirts by Hugo Boss, John Varvatos and Paul Smith. In his casual life, he wears a lot of Vince and Theory. He dresses up at work because he is on camera all the time. Sometime a tie when he's doing the show and jeans underneath since you wouldn't see them anyway."Gould says she enjoys everything about "Go On," especially the characterization, and her main challenge is that sometimes Ryan has 13 changes in one show. She tries to find new ways to convey how... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/go-on-the-challenge-of-matthew-perrys-13-costume-changes.html

'Go On': Laura Benanti on working with Matthew Perry and delaying on-screen romance

The pilot for "Go On" has now aired three times -- a highly rated preview during NBC's Olympics coverage in August, plus two repeats that have pulled in decent numbers.Tuesday (Sept. 11), viewers will at last get to see the show's second episode, in which Ryan (Matthew Perry) continues to be frustrated at the way therapy group leader Lauren (Laura Benanti) runs their sessions. One thing you won't see, though -- at least not for quite a while -- is a budding romance between Lauren and Ryan. Or so Benanti hopes."I think we have to be really careful, because he's just lost his wife," Benanti tells Zap2it about the relationship between Lauren and Ryan, who's reluctantly attending therapy to help cope with his wife's death a month before the show begins. "I certainly don't want the audience to be like, 'Whoa, his therapist is making moves on him right after his wife died.' That's a... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/go-on-laura-benanti-on-working-with-matthew-perry-and-delaying-on-screen-romance.html

Matthew Perry Is Back For NBC's New Series 'Go On'

Matthew Perry and his sarcastic attitude have returned to TV, with his new comedy sitcom, Go On. //www.starpulse.com/news/SheKnows_Entertainment/2012/08/31/matthew_perry_is_back_for_nbcs_new_ser?ref_src=news_rss

"Go On" Adjusted to a 5.6 Rating in Adults 18-49 and 16.1 Million Viewers Overall

NBC spins the time period adjusted "fast official" ratings for Wednesday, August 8. //www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2012/08/09/go-on-adjusted-to-a-56-rating-in-adults-18-49-and-161-million-viewers-overall-101511/20120809nbc02/

'Go On' gets big ratings with post-Olympic preview

Matthew Perry's return to NBC played out rather well Wednesday night -- even though it didn't really count.The network ran a commercial-free preview of Perry's new comedy "Go On" after its Olympic coverage ended Wednesday (Aug. 8), and a pretty large number of people stuck around to watch it. The episode, which began at 11:06 p.m. ET, drew 16.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49.The show had a lead-in audience of about 30 million people with the end of the Olympics broadcast, but considering it started after prime-time, that's still pretty good retention.The numbers for "Go On" would make it the most-watched episode of any NBC comedy in several years -- if they counted. Because the show aired without ads, it won't be counted in the Nielsen rankings for this week or included in the show's season average."Go On" will have its official premiere at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 11. An... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/go-on-gets-big-ratings-with-post-olympic-preview.html

'Go On': Matthew Perry returns to NBC -- how does his post-'Friends' career stack up?

Matthew Perry begins his third starring role in a TV series since the end of "Friends" Wednesday (Aug. 8) when his new NBC comedy, "Go On," gets a commercial-free preview following the Olympics broadcast.He's probably hoping it goes better than the other two: Both "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "Mr. Sunshine" were canceled after just one season. Perry has done acclaimed guest work in dramas -- he was nominated for a guest-acting Emmy on "The West Wing" in the final season of "Friends," and he had a well-received turn on "The Good Wife" last season -- but his post-"Friends" lead roles haven't panned out.In that regard, he's not unlike his fellow "Friends" stars, all of whom have had some serious ups and downs since their career-defining roles on the NBC sitcom.Jennifer Aniston has easily had the highest profile of the six stars, but her movie career since 2004 has had at least as... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/go-on-matthew-perry-returns-to-nbc----how-does-his-post-friends-career-stack-up.html