What kind of family must it be where slacker bartender Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) is seen as the responsible one? That answer becomes clear in a sporadically amusing road-trip episode of Fox's New Girl (9/8c) that takes the roomies to Chicago to lay Nick's scoundrel of a dad (former guest star Dennis Farina) to rest. The formidable Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) presides over the ridiculous antics as Nick's gruff but needy mom, and cable clown Nick Kroll hams it up as his emotionally volatile brother. As usual, Schmidt (Max Greenberg) hijacks the proceedings with his death neuroses, and while he wonders "What's with this open casket thing?" it's his encounter with said coffin and its contents that provides the episode's biggest laughs.
Sometimes you just need a little help from your Friends.
After struggling in recent weeks without its sizable Voice lead-in, Go On has tapped Courteney Cox to guest-star opposite her former TV husband, Matthew Perry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Maybe you've heard lately — possibly in these last two weeks of Olympics force-feeding — that NBC has some new shows coming this fall. One of them starring an old Friend who's fallen on hard sitcom times. (Remember Mr. Sunshine? No?)
Not content to merely barrage us with endless promos and teasers during the Olympics, NBC has now decided to sneak-peek entire pilots of two of its new comedies, commercial-free, beginning tonight with Go On (11/10c), an uneasy collision of snark and sentiment that feels like Community rebooted as a Dear John clone. (Helps if you have a long memory for NBC sitcomedy.)
It would be nice to hope, as NBC does, that the ratings magnet of the Summer Olympics, opening Friday, will somehow magically transform the network's sagging fortunes with its "incredible promotional platform" (as NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt put it). To that end, NBC will sneak-peek two of its new comedies with commercial-free premieres on pivotal nights of the games, and tease a high-profile new drama on another. Much of NBC's fall lineup will launch ahead of the official premiere week in late September, in hopes of capitalizing on the momentum the Olympics provides.
Go On is Matthew Perry's third post-Friends TV project, but there's something different about this show from his previous ones.
"In my efforts to have a TV show and come back, the characters have progressively gotten nicer," Perry told reporters Tuesday at NBC's Television Critics Association fall TV previews. "The Showtime show [End of Steve, which was not picked up in 2008] was about a terrible guy, and I thought it was genius. Everybody went, 'I don't wanna watch that.' Mr. Sunshine, he was sort of down and out. And now this guy is a nicer, more well-intended guy. ... I don't know why that is, but you ...