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ABC Cancels 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'V,' 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family' & More, Renews 'Happy Endings,' 'Body of Proof'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 4:20PM
V, ABCThat thunderous pop you just head was the sound of ABC dropping pretty much every single one of its bubble shows at once.

The network has reportedly canceled most of its lowest-rated series, including veterans 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'V' as well as newbies 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Better With You' and 'Mr. Sunshine.'

Though it was speculated recently that 'Brothers & Sisters' could get an abridged season pickup, it turns out that star Rachel Griffiths' jokes about being unemployed are true after all. The fifth season -- now series -- finale aired last Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the second season (and now series) finale of 'V' aired back in March.

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'Mr. Sunshine' -- Matthew Perry Gets Caught in a 'Food Fight' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 24th 2011 1:15AM
'Mr. Sunshine' -- Matthew Perry Gets Caught in a 'Food Fight' Certain foods -- things like chocolate, or even oysters -- are considered aphrodisiacs: Love drugs. However, food definitely does not work as an aphrodisiac on the latest 'Mr. Sunshine' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC).

When the gang goes out for a nice dinner, Alonzo (James Lesure) learns that his girlfriend Alice used to mess around with Ben (Matthew Perry). But since Alonzo is the nicest guy in the world, he can't confront the two of them directly. Meanwhile, Alice (Andrea Anders) is expressing confusion about whether she should order the mashed potatoes or the tater tots.

"Why don't you have both at the same time?" Alonzo suggests. "You don't seem to have a problem with that."

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Ben Convinces Crystal to Confront Her Lost Love, James Taylor, on 'Mr. Sunshine' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 4:11AM
'Mr. Sunshine' - 'Lingerie Football'Crystal struggled with a human emotion this week on 'Mr. Sunshine' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC), while Ben just struggled with unfulfilled lust. As he continues his quest to be a more friendly person to his co-workers, Ben found himself helping Crystal reconnect with a lost love.

Only, he thought Billy -- played by James Taylor -- had left Crystal. "You said you turned around and he was gone," he said.

"No, I left the bar with another man one night, Billy chased after our car for a few blocks, but eventually I turned around and he was gone," Crystal clarified.

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'Mr. Sunshine' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 10th 2011 11:00AM
'Mr. Sunshine' - 'Crystal on Ice'
['Mr. Sunshine': 'Crystal on Ice']

'Mr. Sunshine' is getting the full recap treatment this week, mainly because 'Modern Family' was a rerun but also because I wanted a little more room to dive into why this show is such a frustrating one to watch.

Why is it frustrating? Because, as I've said in my "Moment" posts, there are elements of a pretty good show here. Matthew Perry and the writers have decided to concentrate heavily on the arena workplace and the folks who work there. Some of the supporting characters have already exhibited endearing quirks, while others are on their way to becoming interesting. And they've decided to dispense with a potential will-they/won't-they situation which was only going to drag the show down.

But the show suffers from two big problems. First, the writers too easily fall back on silly sitcom situations for B-stories. But the second problem is much bigger: Ben, the character played by Perry, is the least funny person on the entire show.

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EXCLUSIVE 'Mr. Sunshine' Clip: Allison Janney Skates With a Smurf (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 9th 2011 2:30PM
Allison Janney skates with a Smurf on 'Mr. Sunshine''Mr. Sunshine' has been struggling to find its footing in the ABC Wednesday comedy lineup, but the young show has had its share of laugh-out-loud moments, mainly courtesy of Allison Janney and her loopy character Crystal.

Crystal owns the Sunshine Center, where Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry) works as the arena manager. In the first handful of episodes, we've seen that Crystal could be out of it in some instances, and completely on top of things the next moment. We've seen Crystal drag her anxiety-paralyzed pup through a dog show, plow through a churro cake made for her by her employees, and use a child as a human shield in defense of what she thought were murderous clowns.

And, in this exclusive clip from tonight's episode, airing at 9:30PM ET, we see Crystal skating with a Smurf. Yep, you read that right.

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'Mr. Sunshine' Moment -- Ben Doesn't Know Anyone's Names

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 3rd 2011 11:00AM
'Mr. Sunshine'
Remember when I said that 'Mr. Sunshine' was getting better? Well, maybe I was wrong. This week's episode had so much unfunny sitcom schtick -- Crystal's a racist! Ben uses insulting word games to remember co-workers' names! -- that it was hard to watch.

What was interesting about it, though, is that it explains what happened to a joke that was sliced out of the pilot, something I mentioned after the revamped version finally hit the air. Not only did the joke get resurrected in a cleaned-up manner, but it also became the jumping off point for the episode's entire main plot.

Considering the way the episode turned out, maybe they should have just left the joke in the pilot.

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Matthew Perry Talks Kissing Matt LeBlanc's Girlfriend (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 2nd 2011 2:00PM
Matthew Perry Enjoys Making Out With Matt LeBlanc's GirlfriendOn 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Matthew Perry of 'Mr. Sunshine' points out why he chose actress Andrea Anders, girlfriend of former 'Friends' co-star Matt LeBlanc, to star on his new show.

"It's just a kind of a small world thing. She just came in and she read better than everybody else. She's beautiful, she's really funny, she knows her way around a joke, and she happens to be with Matt LeBlanc," said Perry.

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Andrea Anders on Dating 'Friends' Men On and Off Screen

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:00AM
Andrea Anders Matt Le Blanc Matthew Perry
Andrea Anders is in a 'Friends' love triangle ... sort of. While playing the love interest of 'Mr. Sunshine' star Matthew Perry, Anders is also living with another former 'Friends' cast member, Matt LeBlanc, who is now starring on Showtime's 'Episodes.'

"It was actually pretty funny. I would come home from work and tell Matt about things we'd done on the set and things Matthew Perry had done, and he'd say, 'Oh, yeah. I remember him doing that on our show,'" Anders told PopEater.

"They're both always giving each other credit for doing funny things: 'Oh, that was straight from LeBlanc.' 'Perry came up with that.' Then there's this big gray area where they can't remember which one originated something because they both did."

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'Mr. Sunshine' Moment: Ben's Date Stops Being So Agreeable

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2011 10:30AM
'Mr. Sunshine'Something interesting is happening on 'Mr. Sunshine': The show's getting better. It's not a laugh riot by any means, but it's also a more pleasant watch that has some funny moments.

Much of it could be because Matthew Perry and his fellow producers have taken some feedback during this show's long development period and realized that Perry's character, Ben, was just too relentlessly negative and drawing too much attention to his curmudgeonliness.

Not that Perry is skipping down the halls of the Sunshine Center now; he's still relatively miserable. But the show has quickly become more of a workplace comedy and less about Ben and his miserableness. In fact, he seems to be helping people voluntarily now, as he did last night with Roman on his first date with the volatile Heather.

What did he do? He agreed to double with Heather's ever-agreeable sister. Of course, that came back to bite him in the butt.

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'Mr. Sunshine' Moment: Ben Gets Demands From a Pop Star ... Who Looks Like Nick Jonas

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 17th 2011 9:00AM
Matthew Perry and Nick Jonas on 'Mr. Sunshine'
The second week of 'Mr. Sunshine' is showing that Matthew Perry's pride and joy of a series still has a ways to go to be funny. Allison Janney is working as loopy arena owner Chrystal, but the rest of the cast isn't gelling as well as they should. At least, Perry and his fellow showrunners have toned down the pilot's zaniness a bit and given Ben a few characteristics that make him at least a little bit human. Oh, and they've also made the arena look less depressing, which helps.

While the setting of an arena means the show is ripe for guest stars, either playing themselves or facimilies of themselves, having two guests in two weeks isn't doing the show any favors. However, I will say that Nick Jonas did a nice job playing an overprivileged teen pop star. Hopefully he's not playing from experience.

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Nick Jonas Talks 'Mr. Sunshine,' Favorite Twitter Pals & Wanting to Be on 'Glee'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 15th 2011 12:30PM
Nick Jonas on 'Mr. Sunshine'Matthew Perry is no dummy. After over three decades in this business -- 10 years of that on 'Friends,' one of the most popular shows in TV history -- 'Mr. Sunshine''s leading man is pulling out all the stops to make his new show a success (Wednesdays, 9:30PM ET on ABC).

This week's big draw? Guest star Nick Jonas as Eli Cutler, a teen rock star playing at the Sunshine Center who is moody, demanding and hell-bent on making Perry's Ben Donovan miserable.

I caught up with Jonas, who is genuinely funny in this episode and shows off some serious acting chops, to talk about his inspiration for Eli and his own celebrity demands. He also dished about his favorite TV shows, wanting to be on 'Glee' and the most random people he follows on Twitter.

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'Mr. Sunshine' Moment: Ben Meets His Maintenance Guy ... and He Looks Like Hurley

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 10th 2011 6:15AM
Matthew Perry and Jorge GarciaThere were a lot of interesting scenes that I could have chosen from tonight's pilot for 'Mr. Sunshine.' Not that any of them were particularly funny, but they were at least interesting. But I chose this scene, from the first five minutes of the show, because it points out two things that I hope aren't a trend: 1) it's a gratuituous attention-getting cameo, and 2) it replaced a scene that was pretty bad, but didn't improve on it all that much.

In the scene, Ben (Matthew Perry), an arena manager who cares about no one but himself, finds out the ice from the previous night's hockey game hasn't melted yet. So he turns to his maintenance manager, a guy named Bob (Jorge Garcia), to find out what's wrong. Only, he has no idea that the guy's name is Bob, so he fumbles with names like Bob, Bobbinson, and Bobbert, and all Bob does is say yes. Why? Because that's what Ben has told him to do, even when he asks non yes or no questions.

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Talking TV Podcast Gabs About 'Mr. Sunshine,' Post-'Friends' Careers and 'Friday Night Lights'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 9th 2011 2:50PM
This may surprise you, given the headline above, but in this week's Talking TV podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about 'Mr. Sunshine,' the careers of the former 'Friends' and 'Friday Night Lights.'

Don't worry, there are no spoilers in the discussion of FNL (or in my farewell tribute to the show). Ryan's still in the midst of watching the first season of the drama, which airs its series finale tonight on DirecTV, and many fans of the show won't see the current season until it arrives on NBC April 15, so we kept the discussion well away from specific plot points about any of the five seasons.

The discussion of 'Mr. Sunshine' (which I reviewed here) and the careers of the actors who starred in 'Friends' occupies the first 29 minutes and 45 seconds of the podcast. The discussion of FNL takes up the last 27 minutes or so.

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Review: 'Mr. Sunshine' Puts Matthew Perry in a Dark Place

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 9th 2011 10:15AM
'Cougar Town' fans looking for their favorite comedy on Wednesday night are in for a surprise.

'Mr Sunshine' (9:30PM ET Wednesday, ABC), which is taking 'Cougar Town''s slot for a couple of months, does star a former 'Friends' actor, but it doesn't exactly go down as smoothly as a glass of delectable pinot noir.

'Mr. Sunshine' is Chandler noir, if anything. Perry's 'Sunshine' character, arena manager Ben Donovan, is more or less Chandler Bing, older, not much wiser and in a lonely place.

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Matthew Perry Exposes Justin Bieber's Secret Alias on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 8th 2011 10:45AM
Today on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Matthew Perry of 'Mr Sunshine' reveals that, in order to remain incognito, teen phenom Justin Bieber uses the name of his character from 'Friends' as an alias.

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