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Matthew Perry Comedy 'Go On' Gets Series Order at NBC

The former "Friends" star will return to the network as a sportscaster in the single-camera project from Scott Silveri.

Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry

NBC has given its first pilot order for the 2012-13 season, bringing former Friends star Matthew Perry back to the network that helped make him a star.

The struggling network has ordered to series Go On, a single-camera project from Friends and Joey writer Scott Silveri and Universal Television. Todd Holland will executive produce and direct the pilot.

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Go On centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster (Perry) who tries to move on from loss and finds solace from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.

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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 Friends for 10 seasons, the actor starred last year on ABC's Mr. Sunshine, which was canceled after one season. The actor recently booked a multiepisode turn on CBS' The Good Wife, playing a charming attorney.

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The Perry series order comes as the network is looking to stars of the '80s and '90s to boost its comedy fortunes. The network also is mounting a Roseanne reunion, reteaming Roseanne Barr and John Goodman for its comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile. In addition, NBC's Jeckyll-and-Hyde drama pilot Do No Harm co-stars The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad.

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