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Matthew Perry Sitcom 'Second Chance' Predicted Gaddafi Would Die in 2011

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 20th 2011 1:10PM
Did a cheesy 1987 Matthew Perry sitcom predict that Muammar Gaddafi would be killed in 2011? A Reddit thread pointed out the wild 'Second Chance' coincidence after the Libyan dictator was killed in Sirte.

In the Fox show, which was set in 2011, the main character Charles, played by Kiel Martin, dies in a hovercraft accident, and after meeting St. Peter at the gates of heaven, is judged to be neither good enough for heaven or bad enough for hell. He's sent back to earth to help his teenage self, played by Matthew Perry, to live a more virtuous life.

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10 Stars With Bad TV Luck

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 8th 2011 12:00PM
Joanna Garcia, Bret Harrison, Blair UnderwoodActors can work for years before they get their big break, going from project to project, floundering away on struggling sitcoms and concept-heavy dramas until their luck changes and -- blamo! -- they're on a successful show raking in six figures per episode.

These thespians aren't quite show-killers -- they just have bad luck!

From Bret Harrison to Joanna Garcia and so many more, we're saluting these bad luck stars. Somebody get them a four-leaf clover and a hit show -- stat!

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Who Should Replace Steve Carell on 'The Office'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 28th 2011 8:00AM
Steve Carell, 'The Office'Steve Carell played bumbling, fumbling boss Michael Scott on 'The Office' for seven seasons, but now that Michael has left Dunder Mifflin, who'll take over?

Last season we met Deangelo Vickers, played by Will Ferrell, but he was hardly worthy of inheriting the Scranton branch throne. We also saw Creed get bumped up to acting manager based on seniority, but again, there's no way that's the long-term solution.

In the Season 7 finale, possible replacements were interviewed, including James Spader, Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, Ray Romano and our favorite pick of them all, British comedian Catherine Tate. But will any of them really take the job?

We rounded up a few other smart and funny people for the gig, people we'd love to see eventually win a Dundie -- including two old TV 'Friends,' a sci fi favorite and a fabulously funny female who'd bring inappropriate 'Office' hijinks to a whole new level.

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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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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
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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 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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Will Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine' Officially Break the 'Friends' Curse? (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 7th 2011 7:00PM
Matthew Perry, 'Mr. Sunshine'Matthew Perry has a new show called 'Mr. Sunshine' (premieres Wed., Feb. 9, 9:30PM ET on ABC), but is it destined to fail before it even premieres?

It took about eight years after 'Seinfeld' ended for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus to land another hit series ('The New Adventures of Old Christine') and for people to stop referencing the unbreakable 'Seinfeld' curse.

But it takes more than one ensemble cast success story to prove a curse wrong ...

Now seven years after 'Friends' said goodbye -- with his former TV wife Courteney Cox thriving in primetime yet again with 'Cougar Town' -- will Matthew Perry's new show 'Mr. Sunshine' be the one to end suspicions of a similarly unlucky post-'Friends' streak?

Sure Jennifer Aniston makes a lot of movies, David Schwimmer has moved behind the camera, Lisa Kudrow's single season of 'The Comeback' has become a cult favorite, and Matt LeBlanc has made headlines lately for playing himself (sort of) on Showtime's 'Episodes,' but the success of a long-term TV show is a lightning that often seems to strike only once.

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Matthew Perry Remembers Jon Stewart Asking Him to Set Up a Date With Jennifer Aniston (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 3rd 2011 4:40AM
On 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) Matthew Perry and Jon Stewart reminisced about how they met, 15 years earlier, when Perry was a guest on a talk show Stewart was doing for Paramount.

"I remember way back when, you asked me if I could potentially set you up with Jennifer Aniston," Perry brought up.

"Yes," Stewart said, laughing.

"Which I thought it was funny because I couldn't even get a date with Jennifer Aniston."

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Courteney Cox's 'Cougar Town' Makes Way for Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:45AM
Matthew Perry"Must See Wednesday"? In a sign that they're all still 'Friends,' it's been announced that Courteney Cox will take a break in February and March while Matthew Perry launches his new sitcom in the 'Cougar Town' time slot.

In a statement yesterday ABC said that Perry's new show, 'Mr. Sunshine,' will debut on the network February 9, replacing 'Cougar Town' in the coveted Wednesday 9:30PM ET slot until April 13.

This positions the newbie sitcom in-between established hit 'Modern Family' and the new Shonda Romes medical drama, 'Off the Map' and gives it several weeks to gain an audience before 'Cougar Town' comes back April 13.

'Off the Map' will air from January 12 to April 13, when it will be replaced by the premiere of 'Happy Endings,' an all-new ensemble comedy starring Elisha Cuthbert ('24').

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Matthew Perry Wears Many Hats In 'Mr. Sunshine' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2010 7:15PM
Matthew Perry and Allison Janney in the 'Mr. Sunshine' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAsMatthew Perry tried to use his goodwill with critics and his comedy skills to try to sway them into more enthusiasm for his midseason ABC comedy "Mr. Sunshine," but it was telling when the line the gallery laughed at the most was his most self-deprecating: "You can tell how successful my movies were by the fact I'm here."

The pilot ABC sent for 'Mr. Sunshine' wasn't awful by any means; but with the talent behind it -- especially Perry, who's an executive producer and has been involved with the writing on the show -- it probably should have been funnier.

Maybe it's the subject matter. Perry plays Ben, who manages an arena in San Diego. He's about to turn 40 and realizes that he's going to need to start actually relating and caring about people in order to not die lonely and bitter. So not only does Perry start off as semi-unlikable at the start of the show, but the title "arena manager" doesn't exactly elicit gut-clenching laughs.

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Not 'Friends' Anymore: An Update on the Cast's Post-Show Careers

by Rich Keller, posted Jun 17th 2010 5:30PM
Courteney Cox and Jennifer AnistonIn January, we ran an item ranking the career paths of the 'Friends' cast members since the show ended in 2004. Back then, the only solid news we had was the early renewal of Courtney Cox's 'Cougar Town.' Meanwhile, there was some speculation on new TV projects coming up from Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc.

Turns out five months makes a lot of difference! Since that time Perry, Kudrow, and LeBlanc have all been given greenlights for their shows. Over the next year, four out of the six 'Friends' cast members could have programs on either the major networks or pay cable.

Here's an updated status of who's involved where, plus some additional information on the supporting characters that were connected with the show during its decade on the air.

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