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BubbleWatch: NBC's 'Go On'
SHOW: "Go On" (NBC)
IN ITS FAVOR: "Go On" got off to a big start last fall and NBC was already trumpeting a new comedy hit. In Matthew Perry, the network has a proven, marketable star and the show has built a strong ensemble around him. While ratings plummeted, a small consensus built that "Go On" was also finding itself creatively. NBC may figure that with a different/better lead-in, "Go On" could be poised to bounce back with another shot.
AGAINST IT: When I say "ratings plummeted," that's almost underselling it. Without "The Voice" as a lead-in, "Go On" was getting clobbered by "New Girl" and serving as a weak lead-in for the equally troubled "New Normal." And when it shifted to a more comedy-friendly home on Thursdays for a couple weeks, "Go On" only slumped further.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: There are ephemeral and theoretical reasons why NBC might renew "Go On." They involve Perry and potential, mostly. If NBC thinks that, for example, "Go On" might be a terrific accompaniment to the network's new Michael J. Fox sitcom -- that's a total hypothetical, as I know nothing about the tone or feel of the Fox comedy -- the show might get renewed for that purpose. Or NBC may just look at "Go One" as a squandered opportunity and cancel it, which would be Perry's third straight one-and-done series since "Friends" ended. I wouldn't put money on this one either way.
FINAL VERDICT: Cancelled!