Will Matthew Perry Stay In Good Wife's Race for Governor, Despite New NBC Sitcom Gig?

Matt Webb Mitovich
April 29, 2012
Will Matthew Perry Stay In Good Wife's Race for Governor, Despite New NBC Sitcom Gig?

Don’t fret, Good Wife viewers: Matthew Perry will still be there for you come fall — if he has his druthers.

Perry’s character on the CBS drama, loathsome lawyer Mike Kresteva, recently entered the race for governor of Illinois, and in doing so promised to give rival Peter Florrick everything he’s got — including headaches for Alicia and the kids, if need be.

Yet Perry’s sitcom pilot, Go On, has already been ordered to series by NBC, to premiere in the fall. Will the in-demand Friends alum be able to pull double duty (akin to how Raising Hope‘s Martha Plimpton juggles Good Wife guest spots)?

“That is my hope,” an emphatic Perry told TVLine at the Saturday night taping of Comedy Central’s Comedy Awards (airing May 6) — especially since it’d fulfill his desire to keep things interesting.

“In the last five years I’ve tried to do a mix of comedy and drama, so it’s been really fun to play a kind of sociopathic jerk lawyer,” he said of his Good Wife run. “It’s a fun character for people to sort of root against, and The Good Wife is one of my favorite shows, so it’s all been very cool.”

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As for NBC’s Go On — in which he plays a sportscaster who, while trying to move on from a loss, finds solace in group-therapy sessions — Perry was admittedly agog that it got the green light so early, while most every other pilot out there is just now being scrutinized by their respective networks.

“I’ve never heard of that happening before,” he marveled, “so it was exciting.”

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The Good Wife airs its Season 3 finale tonight at 9/8c.


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