Pilot Season: TV of Tomorrow
Matthew Perry teams up with 'Friends' writer for new sitcom, plus David Krumholtz, Aly Michalka and more pilot casting
Big day in the "Friends" world: Matthew Perry has teamed up with a former writer from the hit sitcom for a new NBC comedy pilot called "Go On." That means Perry could return to Thursday night Must-See TV (and possibly make it must-see again).
Entertainment Weekly reports that Perry has scored the lead role in the single-camera pilot about a sportscaster who experiences a personal tragedy and tries to get past it with the aid of mandatory therapy and the people he meets there. The comedy is written and executive produced by "Friends" writer Scott Silveri, and co-stars Julie White as a widow Perry's character meets in the support group.
Elsewhere in pilot land, David Krumholtz is about to sign a deal to co-star in the CBS comedy "Partners" as one half of a pair of childhood BFFs -- one straight and one gay. Krumholtz will play Charlie, the straight one, opposite Michael Urie's Louis, with Sophia Bush as Charlie's fiance and Brandon Routh as Louis' partner. [Deadline]
If all goes according to Fox's plan, Saxon Sharbino could be a household name next fall. The newcomer has scored the lead role in the network's new drama about the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA agent. The show comes from "Bones" producer Karyn Usher. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Meanwhile, Phylicia Rashad (yes, Clair Huxtable) is returning to TV in the medical drama "Do No Harm" as the chief of surgery, and "Hellcats" star Aly Michalka has nabbed a role in the Fox comedy "Rebounding" as the girlfriend of one of the main character's friends. [Deadline]
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