When shows are being described to the public before they air, creative types give the hard sell about how their television show is deeper than all the rest. It’s got something important to say, but it’s going to say these important things in ways that entertain and provoke discussion about the meaning of life or something equally as important. More often than not, what results from all of this hot air is a show similar to 96% of what already exists on the television screen. If it’s lucky, these shows simply recede to the middle where shows are watched by some but discussed by none. After waiting for Go On to hit its stride all season, it’s time to place the show into the pit of despair with the rest of the also-rans. Last seen swinging his junk around at the winter TCAs touting the massive success of his new broader programming, NBC President Bob Greenblatt is back in the basement and saddled with shows like Go On that will neither move the needle nor crater to the point of meriting cancellation. It’s an absolute bummer of a place to be considering how well this show started.
The up and down Go On of earlier this season is gone. In its place is a well-oiled machine determine to check every box on the Sitcom Conflict Checklist. I don’t mind repeating an idea (particularly good ones), but a show needs to have a fresh take on the plot device in order for it to work. Tonight’s A-story surrounding Ryan’s desire to impress Simone to the point of putting up a facade played as tired and hackneyed. Once a show about finding different ways to deal with your grief, Go On has morphed into a series of stale sitcom plots. Matthew Perry definitely is giving a good effort (even though he can’t meditate perfectly like Jack Donaghy), but he doesn’t have the ability to elevate the material being given to him.
Despite a diverse and interesting cast of characters, Go On has decided to stay the course of broad appeal. Unfortunately, the show continually loses viewers on a weekly basis. With the opportunity for broad appeal merely a fairy tale, the show should feel the freedom to get back to when it was at least interesting. It wasn’t always pretty, but at least it had something to offer.