It’s a very different Tyler James Williams we’ll be seeing in Matthew Perry’s forthcoming NBC series, “Go On.” The former “Everybody Hates Chris” lead is playing a member of Perry’s therapy group — a guy whose brother is in a coma.
According to him, the series that has Perry as a sportscaster attempting to deal with his psychological woes is “one of those comedies where, ha ha it’s funny — but it’s actually very sad. It’s really dramatic, and you have people dealing with real issues, and yet it’s funny and you laugh. There’s always that one point in the episode where we have to get really serious.”
“The show is going to be a surprise,” Williams believes. “I think you’re going to see a lot of dramatic sides from people who you’ve just seen doing comedy in the past.”
And it marks a leap to a more mature character for the 19-year-old multi-talent, who last month starred in the Disney Channel’s “Let It Shine” hip hop musical — that became the No. 1 TV movie among kids and tweens this year in the ratings.
His leap into maturity “was part of the game plan,” he says. “We wanted to open up the audience a little, although I’ve had somewhat of an adult audience through most of my life.”
Williams acknowledges that “Go On” is “a little risky,” but that’s part of the excitement.