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Return Of A 'Friend'

Trying to promote its upcoming fall series using the Olympics, NBC offers a sneak preview of "Go On," (NBC, 11 p.m.) the new comedy starring "Friends" alum Matthew Perry.

Perry plays a sportscaster who goes into group therapy after the death of his wife. The show has gotten some decent buzz, but it's a weird hour to ask viewers to tune in for. NBC also will offer a sneak preview Sunday of "Animal Hospital" after the closing ceremonies.

The network has heavily promoted its upcoming shows during the Olympics, which is a little understandable given NBC's black hole of programming the past few years. In addition to those shows, we also got a two-plus minute preview of the upcoming drama "Revolution," probably its most buzzed-about show of the new season.

Meanwhile, Perry is hoping that "Go On" is the charmed third time, after post-"Friends" failures "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "Mr. Sunshine."

Perry is finding the same hard road on TV that many of his "Friends" co-stars found after the show ended -- it was such an iconic piece of comedy that viewers had difficulty separating the actors from the characters.

Courtney Cox struck out with "Dirt" before getting a modest hit with "Cougar Town;" Matt LeBlanc earned himself Emmy and Golden Globe recognition for "Episodes" after bombing with the "Friends" spinoff, "Joey;" Lisa Kudrow's "The Comeback" wasn't that for the actress, but she's managed to parlay her "Web Therapy" online series into an edited series on Showtime.

Jennifer Aniston hasn't done much TV since "Friends" ended, but she's gone on to being an A-list actress in movies, while David Schwimmer has turned himself over to directing.

"Friends" isn't the only hit sitcom where the cast struggled initially after the show ended. Look at "Seinfeld." Jason Alexander still hasn't worked out a winning sitcom idea after two busts, and "The Michael Richards Show" only lasted a few weeks. Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned Emmy noms for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and the current "Veep," but endured "Watching Ellie" before those series came along.

So maybe Perry will find success this time around.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE: Yahoo has released the first trailer for "Trouble With The Curve," one of two baseball-themed movies filmed in Macon this year.

You can check it out here, with stars Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams:

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/trouble-with-the-curve/trailers/trouble-with-the-curve-30208761.html

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of baseball, those Warner Robins All-Stars are back at it, representing the state of Georgia on their home field. They face Virginia in the Southeast Regional semifinals tonight (6 p.m., ESPN2).

Other than that, besides the Olympics, not too much else on tonight. USA is running reruns tonight rather than air new episodes during the Olympics.

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