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Matthew Perry's TV show gets axed

2013-05-13 16:07
Los Angeles - Actor Matthew Perry's latest TV show was cancelled on Friday after one season, marking his third disappointing venture since he won fame on the hit comedy Friends.

The comedy Go On, in which Perry played a sports radio host who joins a grief counselling group after the death of his wife, was one of a slew of low-rated NBC TV shows that will not be renewed, the network said.

Perry, 43, has struggled to follow up his success as the hapless Chandler Bing in NBC's Friends, which ended in 2004.

Go On
received favourable reviews and attracted an audience of more than 16 million when it made its debut on NBC in August 2012. But audiences dropped off and the season finale in April was watched by less than 3 million people.

Go On followed the dark and short-lived 2011 series Mr. Sunshine, in which Perry starred as well as co-created, and the 2006-07 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip that was cancelled after one season.

Co-stars found success

Perry's Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston has launched a second career as a romantic comedy movie actress, while Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox have made several movies and TV shows.

David Schwimmer has appeared on stage and tried his hand at directing, and Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe in 2012 for playing a version of his skirt-chasing Friends bachelor character Joey in the Showtime and BBC comedy Episodes.

NBC struggling

NBC, which has struggled to replace 1990s' hits like Friends, Cheers, Frasier, and Will & Grace, also axed five other low-rated shows this week - White House-based comedy 1600 Penn, the Jimmy Fallon-created comedy Guys With Kids, Whitney and Up All Night.

The fate of NBC's expensive behind-the-scenes musical drama Smash, starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee, is still undecided after audiences for its second season slumped to under 2 million people.

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