TV critic Hank Stuever grades 22 of fall’s pilot episodes. Some primetime winners include “Call the Midwife” and “The Mindy Project,” while others like the “The Mob Doctor” and “Made in Jersey” tank.
"Go On" — Grade: B- Matthew Perry’s new NBC comedy “Go On,” in which he plays a man who joins a grief support group, got a whole helium tank of hype during the Olympics in August — and some inflated ratings to match — but the initial episode was, you know, just okay. Perry seems older yet sharper and more at home here in this role as Ryan King, a hotheaded sports-radio host whose wife died in a car crash while attempting to text him a reminder to pick up coffee at the store. The dark humor here isn’t terribly dark — and occasionally just cloudy gray. Jordin Althaus/NBC Buy Photo