Fall television season brings new shows, including “Go On” and “The New Normal”
Sixty-five percent of new television shows fail.
Just think about that for a moment. More than two-thirds of the TV series introduced to the airwaves each fall are canceled within their first season.
Some shows may not make it past a single episode.
It’s a sobering thought, especially as we embark on another fall TV season. Some of the shows introduced last year — including “2 Broke Girls,” “New Girl,” “Person of Interest” and “Revenge” — are still with us. Others are long gone.
I may not be able to predict this fall’s eventual winners or losers, but I’m happy to share my take on this season’s fresh offerings. Here’s what you expect this week.
“Go On” (NBC)
Premieres: 9 p.m. tonight
Matthew Perry knows a thing or two about the fall TV blues. After hitting a pop culture homer on “Friends,” the actor struck out with two short-lived shows — “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “Mr. Sunshine.” Now Perry is stepping up to the plate once more with “Go On,” about a grieving sportscaster who turns to group therapy sessions led by therapist Lauren (Laura Benanti). I don’t know about you, but I have faith the sitcom star’s snide charm can carry the show through its weaker moments.
“The New Normal” (NBC)
Premieres: 9:30 p.m. tonight
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy courts controversy with this new sitcom about a gay couple, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), who hire single mom Goldie (Georgia King), to be their surrogate — despite the objections of her racist, homophobic grandma (Ellen Barkin). The broad stereotypes and emotional histrionics may make you wince, but Barkin brings a nice bite to her role as the new Sue Sylvester.
“The New Normal” photo by Timothy White/NBC.
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