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Find a Support Group: Go On Will Not Go On (Yes, That Means It's Canceled)

NBC apparently has no sympathy for Ryan King and his dead wife, or for Sonia and her dead cats, or for Anne and her dead girlfriend. The network has canceled the Matthew Perry comedy Go On after one season, according to several reports. The news comes amid a flurry of NBC news; so far this week, the network has renewed Parks and Recreation, canceled several of Go On's fellow comedies, and picked up several new shows.

After a strong start helped out by a post-Olympics preview that drew more than 16 million viewers (!!!), Go On suffered a steady fade, losing viewers at every unfortunate opportunity, which included new competition from other networks (a drop from over nine million viewers to just under seven million) and winter break (a drop from just under seven million to just over four million). By the end of its run, it was drawing just over two-and-a-half million viewers and was squarely on the bubble. There was a logical speculation that NBC would move Go On to Thursday nights next season, but apparently the network is going in another direction.

I'm not sure why Go On didn't work. Doesn't Matthew Perry still have a place in viewers' hearts? Was the subject matter—a support group that copes with loss—too serious for a network comedy? Were the characters too quirky? I liked what Go On tried to accomplish, and many times the show looked like it could be the next great thing. I'll admit, I'm sad about this news. But like its struggling cast of characters, we'll just have to learn to move on.

At least Mr. K. (Brett Gelman) will live on in Eagleheart.




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Go On was one of the few shows I looked forward to every week. Sad to see it go. There is still a lot of life left... I really wished another network would pick this up.
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I even tweeted my displeasure. In regards to NBC I, quote the great Drag Queen Detox, "I've had it. Officially". With the exceptions of Community and Parks, I'm done NBC. I'm even going to avoid Dracula. This show had no reason to die. And though I stopped watching, New Normal didn't need to go either.
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So sad!!!! I had to stop watching live because it was the same time as New Girl :( But I still watched it online. It was the only NBC show I watched. I'll miss all the great characters.

NBC, why?????????
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Every time I would love an NBC show recently, it tends to get cancelled. grief.
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That is too, too bad. really liked it. And it had a lot of potential for development. :-(
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noooooooooooooooooo! and yes, Matthew Perry is still funny and he was great. So were the others, especially Mr. K.
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Seriously, some networks could clean up by picking up NBC's castoffs and have a great schedule! NBC really has no idea what comedy is!
Thank god for torrents and DVR's, NBC is always and has been my last choice in quality TV!
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It didn't make it because by the season's halfway point, the main character had largely worked through his issues and had a girlfriend. Most of the other group members were also overcoming their demons. I stopped watching when I realized that none of those guys were really in need of support any more.
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First Awake, now this? Once again, screw NBC!
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*sigh*

Seriously?? It's so annoying when a new show airs and you get invested in the characters and their stories, and then it just gets cancelled--just like that. I can't think of a single logical reason for why NBC decided to axe Go On. Are NBC's other shows better? I mean, seriously, let's just sit here and try to think of some GOOD shows that are on NBC right now. *time's up* ZERO SHOWS.

So why take the risk and cancel Go On? Yes, it wasn't AMAZING. But it had SO, SO, SO much potential. I personally got attached somewhere in the 3rd or 4th episode and now I feel super depressed that it got cancelled. Mr. K was my personal favorite. He could just sit still, saying absolutely nothing, and have me laughing or chuckling really hard.

Damn, just thinking of random moments from this show makes me sad right now.

This is why I will never respect NBC.
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I'm guessing that the big bosses went to go play paintball for a season, came back, noticed Go On was put on the schedule during their absence, smacked the b-team execs on the back of the head when they got back & reminded them that Go On was never supposed to air in the first place because the networks goal this year was to dumb down on the whole.

Quality goes against company line & simply will not do, amirite?
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Ugh! WHYYYYY? I mean it wasn't greatness but it's on NBC for crying out loud! It was one of the few things I actually watch on that network. It was one of their better offerings,for sure. Plus, Matthew Perry! Sheesh!
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im devo... really loved this show... great mix of funny quirky and heartwarming.... perfect matt perry comedy.... shattered... bad NBC bad!
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And noone else wants to step in & save it?

Even Cougar Town was saved and Go on has got to be better than that.
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Right, CT had 1, count em 1 good season!!!!
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Why NBC? Why?

Go On was a great show. I loved it. I'm really sad now :(
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AWFUL DECISION! There are not many comedies like this where I actually liked every character! It was funny and Matthew Perry was at his best! :( Another show that will be missed.
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Yea, its like he just cant catch a break since Friends.
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Only watched the pilot and ep2, can't remember much about it aside from the fact that I didn't love it. It was funny in a kinda smart way instead of funny ha ha, but if you wanna go for funny-smart, you ought to be uber smart about it and Go On wasn't uber smart. As long as FX exists with Sunny in Philly, who cares, amirite?

You know who needs a support group? Borgia fans. Seriously - I'm crying blood here. Still, and it's been days.
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It got better, it became funny-sweet-but-not-afraid-to-be-sad halfway thru
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I'm so sad about this. This was like my Community 2.0... Damn you, NBC!
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How sad. The only comedy I know of that has a good balance between humour, emotion, likeable characters and isn't afraid to get dark and sad at times. One of my favourite shows this season, along with Last Resort and Arrow. At least one of those is staying...
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I'm not surprised. How can a show depend on one character, however good the actor is at playing that character?

I don't think there is a place for 1 character comedies nowadays. I really expected Go On to use Matthew Perry to get established, then broaden the world and bring in another (or two) main characters.

How can you have then one season (or even one whole season) on one character with one problem?

I didn't think the characters Stephen and Carrie were funny enough. Mr K had the potential and was very well acted. One, two or all of them needed to become main characters (Stephen and Carrie perhaps played by comedy actors),
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Maybe the network should get their execs head examined... Go On is the only good thing on NBC for a looong time (after FRIENDS and Will and Grace). I know the network doesn't care about my opinion but you have people like Matt and Katie Lee still on air... I judge you for that *sobs* I need my support group hug.
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This sucks, Go On stuck to its guns, delivered quality material without being too important or too self-important, it had humor and it had pathos and a good cast. Naturally they kill it because NBC is Nothing But Crap.
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NBC canceled Go On and passed on Mulaney, but renewed Community. That's a 33% "good decision" rate.
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This sucks. No more "Happy Endings", no more "Go On". Ruined my Friday night. :(((((
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Only 2 new comedies made the cut this year for me to watch, it was Go On and Mindy Project. Both of them are just eh, like I just watch it, I'm not really excited so hearing Go On is cancelled isn't so bad. Been a bad year for new comedies. If someone can think of a new comedy show that was good this year, please let me know
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NBC you suck so much!!
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I lean more towards drama when it comes to television. In fact, pretty much all of my shows are dramas. Very rarely is there a comedy these days that not only catches and holds my attention but also genuinely makes me laugh. It is also hard for me to find a show where I am so invested in ALL of the characters and don't dislike any of them. Go On managed to achieve all of these from episode one. I usually like to watch four or five episodes before deciding whether a show is really worth my time. I knew after the pilot that I would tune in every week. I was never disappointed. I longed for Tuesday every week so that I could get my fill of comedy and poignancy. That Go On was able to do both of these in a half hour amazes me. NBC made a big mistake with this one. The few good things that come out of this tragic cancellation is that with the episodes they had they managed to create so many beautiful moments: Owen and Ryan bonding in the first episode, Ryan explaining the significance of 1:23 AM, and getting Anne to skip the cemetery for just one day, and many more. The two that hit me the most, however, were the balloon/ring scene and the shot in the finale of Ryan sleeping through 1:23 for the first time. Maybe Laura Benanti will return to Broadway soon which would be awesome. Ideally, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon,TBS, or anybody would jump at the chance to buy this show and continue to tell its amazing story with this amazing ensemble.
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This just sucks. They bring back the flailing Community and cancel Go On. Just wrong. Personally, don't care about Community one way or the other, I'm just pissed about the loss of Anne, Mr. K and the rest of the group on my TV each week.
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Man, I can believe NBC cancels a show like Go On, to probably replace it with some new garbage like Up All Night, Whitney or Guys With Kids...
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Not really, since Up All Night, Whitney and Guys With Kids were cancelled.
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Thanks for the reply. ;) Yes, I know. I probably didn't explain myself correctly (english is my 3rd language).

What I meant is that, next season, NBC will probably replace Go On with a new show which will be as bad as Up All Night, Whitney or Guys With Kids.
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Yeah, probably... And I pretty much guessed that was what you meant, just found it ironic you only mentioned cancelled shows. By the way, English is your third language? Well, I'm at an advantage there then, as it is my second!
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I thought it was surprisingly good, often funny and even occasionally poignant.
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Considering it had Matthew Perry I didn't expect it to last more than a year. He seems to be cursed. I expect he's show up again in a couple years with a new show that will get cancelled within a year.
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WTF! Stupid network make way for more reality crap. Yes it wasn't brilliant but it was what it was light, funny and the characters were different. So annoyed!
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I'm not personally sad as I didn't think the show was very good. I liked the pilot where Perry was pushing against the group system as well as benefiting from it, that had comedic potential and was also a little profound, but after he conformed it lost interest. Plus the acting of the other members of the group was poor, in the several episodes I watched I couldn't get invested in any of them. But I held no animosity towards the show and hoped it would be renewed. NBC is definitely worse off without it.
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This sucks.
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DAMN IT! This show was way better than a good deal of the crappy so called comedies out there. Scrubs was very bitter sweet and that lasted 9 seasons. NBC are veering into Fox territory now...
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Now Brett Gelman can get back to his real job. 'Eagleheart' got renewed and is coming back for a THIRD season! Adult Swim has kept more 15 minute comedies alive the past three years than NBC; that is awesome and funnier than anything NBC has put on television in three years.
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Go On was a nice enough show, but there just wasn't anything interesting enough about it to keep me coming back.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
LIFE OVER! THIS IS MY, AND MY FAMILY'S FAVOURITE SHOW!!! HOW COULD THEY CANCEL SUCH AN AMAZING THING?! HOW AM I GUNNA SURVIVE OMG IM SO SAD OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG...
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aw i loved this show =(
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Wouldn't be amazing, if the incredible people behind TBS, love the show and buy it from NBC? Cougar Town and Go On are coupled together great!
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What went wrong with Go On? NOTHING. It was a great, smart, hilarious, charming comedy with the most amazing characters! The only reason it did badly, its NBC. It seems that everything does really bad just cause they are on NBC and they are not a lead it of the Voice or the Olympics. Screw you NBC.
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I'm actually not as heart-broken about this as I would have been maybe half way into its first and only season. I thought it got kinda repetitive and a tad bit boring or stale as the season progressed. I still liked it though, so it's still a bummer.

I am surprised by the cancelation though. I figured they didn't have anything better to air, so they may as well have kept the bubble show that at least features Matthew Perry.
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Dont get it, this was a good show with truly funny bits ridiuclous.
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Dang. I really liked this show. Its mixture of comedy and serious matters was handled really well, and I honestly thought this would be the project that got Perry back on the air for an extended run.
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I agree AARRRGG this sucks!!!!
I loved this show!!
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whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!
i loved this show. i don't think i've ever liked a show this fast and now it's gone. it was such a good show with a lot of great characters. it's just sad. i hope they order a bunch of crappy shows and get screwed by other networks' better comedies.
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Now I'll be waiting for Netflix to pick this one up. :)
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For shame, for shame. Perry doesn't seem to get his TV career going.
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No!!!!!!!!
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It was only ever okay and was hemorrhaging viewers... I hate to say it, but they made the right call.
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I really thought this one would squeak by.
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