12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Friends' Reunion: Matthew Perry to Star in NBC Comedy Pilot From Writer Scott Silveri
NBC is staging a Friends reunion, with Matthew Perry tapped to star in a comedy pilot being written by former Friends scribe Scott Silveri.
The former Friend will star in NBC's comedy pilot Go On, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Go On revolves around an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and finds solace from the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions.
Perry will star in as the sportscaster in the single-camera project from Friends and Joey writer Silveri and Universal Television. Todd Holland will executive produce and direct the pilot.
Transformers' Julie White will play Anne, a woman stuck in the anger stage of grief; Suzy Nakamura co-stars.
In addition to portraying Chandler on NBC's Friends for 10 seasons, the actor starred on ABC's Mr. Sunshine last year, which was canceled after one season. The actor recently booked a multiepisode turn on CBS' The Good Wife, playing a charming attorney.
Perry, repped by CAA, Doug Chapin Management and Surpin Mayerson, also starred on NBC's Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which despite its pedigree was canceled after one season.
Perry's casting comes as the network is looking to stars of the '80s and '90s to boost its comedy fortunes this pilot season. The network is also mounting a Roseanne reunion, reuniting Roseanne Barr and John Goodman with its comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile. In addition, NBC on Wednesday cast The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad in its Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde drama Do No Harm.
Elsewhere, Full House's John Stamos (Fox's Little Brother), Cheeers' Kirstie Alley (ABC's The Manzinis) and Taxi's Christopher Lloyd (ABC's Only Fools and Horses) have also joined comedy pilots.