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Old 08-10-2012, 03:24 AM   #31
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The episode is available on free Hulu
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #32
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Umm, "The Bob Newhart Show"?

"Dear John"? (Judd Hirsch long ago.)

"Help Me Help You"? (A Ted Danson show from longer ago than I thought.. and wow, it also had Suzy Nakamura on it.. Strangely, she seemed very familiar, and I checked, I even had a wishlist for her, but not auto-recording..)
Dear John fits more, but Help Me Help You didn't make a full season and the Bob Newhart show was more about his home life and the people he worked with in the office building than it was the patients he saw.
I still think it's a restrictive premise, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to make a decent show out of it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:36 PM   #33
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The show is about his struggle to come to grips with his wife's death. I don't see any reason why the support group has to remain the focus of the show forever. It doesn't have to be about his wife's death either. That's just the starting point. If it catches on it can just become about his life, similar to how How I Met Your Mother is barely about the mother anymore.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:56 PM   #34
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The show is about his struggle to come to grips with his wife's death. I don't see any reason why the support group has to remain the focus of the show forever. It doesn't have to be about his wife's death either. That's just the starting point. If it catches on it can just become about his life, similar to how How I Met Your Mother is barely about the mother anymore.
But they've established the majority of cast as the people in the support group. So either he continues going to the group, even after he's "cured," or they have to figure out reasons for the group members to get together outside of their normal weekly sessions.

It's basically like Community, in that it puts an otherwise confident, competent, middle-aged professional into a group of strangers for what should be a finite period of time. Somehow they've managed to keep Jeff Winger in community college for three full years and going into his fourth, so I'm sure they'll be able to figure out a way to keep Ryan King in the support group for as long as is necessary.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:30 PM   #35
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I tivoed it and will watch this weekend.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #36
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I think the premise is great: he realizes he needs help, but also finds he is a better therapist than the group leader. He's finding his humanity by helping others.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:39 PM   #37
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I really enjoyed it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:31 PM   #38
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I liked it too. Wondering though how many seasons they can squeeze out of a support group. It seems kinda limiting.
People go to group for years and years.

Bring people in and out of the group and you get new stories.

I remember people hanging around a bar. How could they get stories out of that? Cheers to you!
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:46 PM   #39
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I watched it (on hulu) and enjoyed it. I LOLd at
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:01 AM   #40
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Glad to hear it was on Hulu. I checked it out and will be watching it. It was already going to be on my list probably anyway.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:14 AM   #41
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I enjoyed the show. Also enjoyed that it was commercial free!
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:08 PM   #42
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Why?
In trying to be three different kinds of shows amalgamated into one, it is only three mediocre versions of those shows. If it would decide what it wants to be the creators would be focused and not have the burden of trying to be all things at once and could produce a better product.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #43
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In trying to be three different kinds of shows amalgamated into one, it is only three mediocre versions of those shows. If it would decide what it wants to be the creators would be focused and not have the burden of trying to be all things at once and could produce a better product.
You mean like the Dick Van Dyke show that had the office stuff and the home stuff. Tried to be too many things. Ha! Shows don't need a single tone.

Anyway, I did not get that feeling at all for the pilot.
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No laugh track. Not sure when I'm supposed to laugh.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:52 PM   #45
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No laugh track. Not sure when I'm supposed to laugh.
Probably not the show for you then.



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Old 08-12-2012, 05:21 PM   #46
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You mean like the Dick Van Dyke show that had the office stuff and the home stuff. Tried to be too many things. Ha! Shows don't need a single tone.

Anyway, I did not get that feeling at all for the pilot.
Dick Van Dyke's dual sets is not two tones. The Dick Van Dyke Show had only one tone.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:37 PM   #47
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I thought this first episode was OK. I guess a comedy about a support group for loss seems kinda odd. I'll keep watching for now.
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Dick Van Dyke's dual sets is not two tones. The Dick Van Dyke Show had only one tone.
Okay. You get to define tone, then. Sigh.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:48 AM   #49
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I enjoyed it; will definitely look for its return.

Took me a few minutes, but recognized the kid from "Everybody Hates Chris" all grown up, playing Owen!
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:52 AM   #50
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Downloaded this from DTV OD and thought it was pretty good. Not great, but watchable.

I don't really see how it can last too long though, it's one of those offbeat shows that I can totally see most folks watching and quickly dumping because it's not the traditional laugh track kind of comedy.

I'm sure many folks who loved Friends keep hoping Mathew Perry (sp) will go right back to slapstick type comedy shows, and when they see this kind of comedy, they tune out pretty quickly.

I'll watch come September just to see how it plays out.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:27 PM   #51
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I really liked it so it will be one of my new show additions for the summer.
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I really liked it so it will be one of my new show additions for the summer.
It doesn't start until Sept. 11.
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It doesn't start until Sept. 11.
Oops, I meant Fall.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:31 PM   #54
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I thought it was kind of contrived at the end, but I'll watch it again.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:16 PM   #55
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I'm sure many folks who loved Friends keep hoping Mathew Perry (sp) will go right back to slapstick type comedy shows, and when they see this kind of comedy, they tune out pretty quickly.
Friends was hardly a "slapstick-type comedy show". In fact, for all of the earlier talk about "tone", Friends had at least two different tones and was able to manage them deftly and adeptly.

As for the Go On pilot, I liked it well enough to keep watching.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #56
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I liked it a little, my wife liked it a lot. I definitely see the potential. It will be SPed in my house.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:14 PM   #57
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I just checked the NBC website, and it shows that Go On starts September 11. TheTVDB shows episode 2 showing September 18, so it looks like what folks saw last night really was a preview, and episode 1 will be shown again (with commercials) on September 11.
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Thanks for the info. I missed last night, so am hoping what airs on Sept 11 is the first ep.
I missed setting the recording but a search on UVerse shows Go On is available on Demand until October, dunno from where other NBC.

I'll watch anon.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:58 AM   #58
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I enjoyed the show. It was a fresh change for me and I was quite surprised to see Matthew Perry in a comical role filled with darker shades. Not that he is playing a negative character, but a cynical character is something that we haven’t seen Mathew do before. The show ‘Go On’ could give the push in career for him since the last time he had tremendous success was in the sitcom ‘Friends’. Post ‘Friends’, the various sitcoms he acted never faired well, but his acting was well appreciated.

The pilot episode was great and this show is going to be a part of my daily dose of entertainment. Seriously, who would want to miss the old Chandler in a new avatar but with a sarcastic behavior and cynical views. Surely, it is going to be an enjoyable show.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:40 AM   #59
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Chandler was one of the most sarcastic characters in TV history. Not sure what you're talking about.
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Chandler was one of the most sarcastic characters in TV history. Not sure what you're talking about.
Yeah, gotta agree with Devdog here, Chandler Bing is/was one of the most negative and cynical characters to ever be on a sitcom.
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