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Pilot Patrol: Matthew Perry Shines in 'Mr. Sunshine' for ABC

by Laura Prudom, posted May 7th 2010 2:33PM
Matthew PerryIt's almost time for the upfronts -- the halcyon period of enthusiasm and anticipation when networks present their primetime schedules for fall and announce new series pick-ups to advertisers -- which means that as we speak, dozens of executives at all the major networks are currently hunkered down in screening rooms, viewing a slew of pilots to try and decide which televisual treats should grace our screens come fall.

Nothing is a done deal until the third week of May, when the upfronts roll out in New York, but Variety is currently reporting positive buzz for a number of pilots coming out of the screening rooms, one of which is the Matthew Perry comedy, 'Mr. Sunshine.'

Written by Perry, 'Sunshine' centers on a man who has a minor identity crisis on his 40th birthday. The single camera comedy scored high in screenings and, according to Variety, is "pretty much a done deal." Early word seems to indicate that ABC might schedule the comedy for Tuesdays at 9PM to fill the void left by 'Lost' after it ends this season.

If the Alphabet network chooses to bring comedy back to Tuesday night, there are a couple of other buzzworthy pilots that it might pair with 'Sunshine' -- ensemble friends comedy 'Happy Endings' is also generating interest, as is 'It Takes a Village,' a snappy family comedy in the vein of 'Modern Family,' which is based around two exes trying to raise their teenage son.

ABC also has a number of strong dramas under consideration; the super-powered 'No Ordinary Family,' which sounds like a live-action take on 'The Incredibles,' is seen as a "shoo-in," while 'Desperate Housewives' star Dana Delany shouldn't plan on any return visits to Wisteria Lane, since her new procedural 'Body of Proof' is earning positive notice. The documentary-style Scandinavian import 'Generation Y' reportedly earned good marks at yesterday's screenings.

Over at the other networks the as-yet-untitled Paul Reiser comedy is looking good at NBC. The networks seem to be belatedly jumping on the superhero bandwagon this season, since the Peacock is also looking at 'The Cape,' a one-hour drama about a former Los Angeles cop who becomes a masked hero in order to clear his name and reunite with his son; the Summer Glau starrer is also generating some decent buzz.

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Wow, the accompanying image shows a very Jack Nicholson-esque Matthew Perry. That would be cool if he converted to drama and attempted to play that master's roles.

May 09 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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