Nellie Andreeva

Matthew Perry Go OnAnd we have the first pilot from this year’s crop to make it to the schedule for next season: I’ve learned that NBC has picked up comedy pilot Go On to series with a 13-episode order. The project brings back to NBC’s primetime former Friends star Matthew Perry and co-showrunner Scott Silveri. (Will they return to the Thursday 8 PM slot?) Perry stars in and co-executive produces Go On, a single-camera project written by Silveri and directed by Todd Holland. Produced by Universal TV, it centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster (Perry) who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group. The series hails from Holland and Karey Burke’s production company Dark Toy, which just re-upped its overall deal at Universal TV. Silveri, Holland and Burke executive produce. The cast of the pilot also includes Laura Benanti, Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Allison Miller and Khary Payton. The early pickup for Go On will allow the show to start staffing right away and get its pick of available writers. The move may also put pressure on the other networks to start picking up pilots they believe in so they can start locking in writers too. Go On is actually not the first new NBC scripted series picked up for next season. The network has drama Hannibal on tap with a straight-to-series order.

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