New on the Tube: 'Go On'


Go OnNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.

Show Premise: 

Ryan King, a sports radio talk show host, has recently lost his wife to a car accident.  His coworkers want him to get help from group therapy in dealing with his loss, but he doesn’t want to focus on the situation and move on.  As he integrates into the group sessions, he offers his own brand of advice to the others going through loss and ends up allowing his life to change through hesitancy and challenges.  The show airs on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on NBC.


Previously on Go On: Covering episodes #1 - #4

Ryan walks into the broadcast station of his show wanting to be back on the air after a month of dealing with the death of his wife.  Steven agrees to allow him back on the air but wants him to go to some group therapy sessions as a compromise.  Wanting nothing more than to be on the air, Ryan agrees, and stirs up some trouble at the support group in order to make it more entertaining, until he spends some quality time with the group leader and discovers that he still needs some support in order to move forward.

Later on, even though he’s started to deal with the situation, he keeps his assistant late at night, so that he doesn’t have to be alone.  He also has problems sleeping alone, constantly waking up in the middle of the night due to missing his late wife. After telling his group about the situation, they show up at the precise time when he shakes himself awake, providing support and friendship for him.  Afterwards, he feels as though he’s reading to move on and gives away his wife’s sewing machine, feeling as though he no longer needs to worry about her things. Not long after, he sees a picture of the sewing machine and starts crying excessively, realizing that he still hasn’t come to terms with his wife’s departure.

Main Characters

Ryan (Talk Show Host): An action go-getter, Ryan is trying to come to terms with the death of his wife.  He wants to get right back to work, but his coworkers feel he needs some help, prompting him to go to Lauren’s support group in the hopes of appeasing his boss.

Steven (Ryan’s Boss): Ryan’s best friend and boss, Steven tries to show his support for his talk show host buddy, but often feels as though he’s not helping.  He tends to go out of his way to get Ryan’s mind off things and messes up the situation in the process.

Carrie (Ryan’s Assistant): Ryan’s personal assistant, Carrie does the behind-the-scenes operations for her boss.  She’s not afraid to tell her feelings to Ryan but doesn’t want to stand up to him too much given his recent loss.

Lauren (Group Leader): A woman who seems to take pride in her leadership of the group, Lauren is put off by Ryan’s carefree and straight-to-action attitude that he puts forth to the rest of the group.  She has her own issues that she doesn’t talk about but tries to help Ryan despite his sabotage of her ways.

Anne, Sonia, Mr. K, Owen, Yolanda, George, Fausta, and Danny (The Group): Each has their own problems and reasons for being a part of the group, and until Ryan showed up, they didn’t seem to be making much progress with Lauren’s leadership.  Very diverse, each one has their own problems that they bring Ryan into—especially Sonia.

What Works

Matthew Perry and John Cho really make the show for me, especially Perry’s comedic deadpan style.  I’m not a sports fan, so the various times when Perry’s character talks about sports on his radio show don’t interest me, but the way he relates to his friends and coworkers is filled with much hilarity.

What Doesn’t

I know that he’s being used as comic relief in a very strange fashion, but the character of Mr. K from the group is above and beyond creepy to me.  He just exudes a vibe that—while it makes me laugh—makes my skin crawl a bit.  The show would benefit quite a bit if they took him out, or at least didn’t make him quite so . . . wrong.

The Future

Ryan’s obviously going through a very tough time, and he’s partially in denial about it, so the future of the show is probably going to focus on how he deals with the loss of his wife; however, making this the central premise of the show is tricky; as time progresses, Ryan’s likely to move on with his life, and he’s not going to need the group as much as he does now.  What’s going to happen when Ryan no longer needs to spend all of his time in the group, coping?



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