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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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What to Watch: February 7 - 13

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 7th 2011 2:00AM
Mr. Sunshine - Monday February 7, 8PM ET/PT, CTV/ABC

In all of his outings since 'Friends,' I've increasingly gotten the sense that Matthew Perry is a dark guy. He seems angry a lot, and he even has scowl lines. Sigh. I loved Chandler Bing -- I wanted to be more than 'Friends' with him, if you know what I mean.

But I guess we all have to move on from early TV crushes. Here, Perry plays an angry, scowling manager of an arena where stuff happens: hockey games, circus acts, and reunion tours of mid-level rock bands. In the pilot, Perry gets dumped by his friend-with-benefits, turns 40 and realizes he doesn't want to be alone anymore. Sounds really funny, right? No wait, I can make it worse: Thomas Schlamme is directing but Aaron Sorkin isn't involved, so get ready for a lot of walk-and-talks without very interesting talk.

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Casting Roundup: Teri Hatcher to Guest on 'Smallville,' 'Lost' Star Jorge Garcia Returns to TV and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2010 5:00PM
Teri HatcherLois Lane, meet your mom, Teri Hatcher! That's right, Hatcher, the star of 'Desperate Housewives' and former Lois Lane on 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,' will appear on 'Smallville' as Ella, Lois' (Erica Durance) mother.

'Smallville' lore has established Lois' mom as dead, and that won't change. According to The Ausiello Files, Hatcher's Ella will appear in old videos Lois finds. Quite the casting coup for the final season of 'Smallville.'

In other casting news ...

Jorge Garcia, Hurley on 'Lost,' has signed on to guest star in an episode of ABC's midseason comedy 'Mr. Sunshine.' Garcia will appear in the pilot episode as an employee of the San Diego arena Matthew Perry's character manages. [Ausiello Files]

Oprah Winfrey will appear on the season premiere of 'Sesame Street' ... sort of. The daytime queen will lend her voice to an animated skit called 'The O Show.' The letter O will be the host of its own talk show. Guests include Otto the Orangutan and Ophelia the Octopus. [TV Guide]

Emmanuelle Chriqui has joined the cast of Showtime's 'The Borgias.' Better known as Sloan on 'Entourage,' Chriqui will appear in three episodes of the period drama as Sancia, a Neapolitan princess who marries the Pope's youngest son. [TV Guide]

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The Sitcom Completes Its Comeback This Fall

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 3:33PM
Mike & MollyI've never been one of those people who felt that the half-hour sitcom, especially the multicamera format that is shot live in front of a studio audience, was dead. Sure, through most of the decade of the '00s, networks seemed to concentrate on developing dramas and single-camera comedies, and by the latter half of the decade, even the number of single-camera comedies had dwindled.

But, like most eras that saw a dearth of comedy development, I always felt that the format was just hibernating, waiting for a show to come along to shock it back into existence. In the '70s, it was 'All in the Family.' In the '80s, it was 'The Cosby Show.' In the '90s, it was 'Seinfeld' and 'Friends.'

In 2010, the sitcom has come all the way back from near-death to cultural and ratings prominence. And you have Chuck Lorre and 'The Big Bang Theory' to thank for that.

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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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Upfronts Wrap-Up: Eight New Shows That Look the Most Promising

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2010 1:29PM
network logosTV Squad readers, "Upfronts Week" has come to an end. This is like Christmas week for TV fans, as we got to see which new shows are coming up this fall (and which shows are going away). Now we all get to sit back and look at the previews for the new shows and figure out which shows we definitely want to watch and which shows we wouldn't watch even if they performed them live in our living rooms.

After the jump, the eight shows that look really promising. And oh my God, one of them is on The CW!

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ABC Picks Up Three New Comedies, Dramas

by Andrew Scott, posted May 13th 2010 9:04PM
Matthew PerryAnother 'Friends' alum is headed to ABC.

According to EW.com, ABC has officially picked up the comedy series 'Mr. Sunshine,' starring Matthew Perry as the manager of a local sports stadium who has a midlife crisis on his 40th birthday. Allison Janney co-stars.

The news should come as little surprise, as it was reported last week that the pilot had tested well in screenings.

Perry will join former 'Friends' co-star Courteney Cox ('Cougar Town') on the network, though no word yet on whether 'Mr. Sunshine' will air on ABC's Wednesday-night lineup.

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'Better Off Ted' and 'Desperate Housewives' Stars Get New Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 3:33PM
Andrea AndersABC's 'Mr. Sunshine' is slowly becoming one of those shows where you say "wow, that sounds interesting." We already know that it stars Matthew Perry as a sports arena manager who rethinks his life when he turns 40 and that Allison Janney will costar with Perry. Now there's more casting news, and it involves another person who once costarred with Perry on an NBC show.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Andrea Anders, who now costars in ABC's 'Better Off Ted,' will play Perry's love interest in 'Mr. Sunshine' (sorry 'Better Off Ted' fans, but it doesn't look like that show is going to get renewed). She'll be joined by Nate Torrence, who costarred with Perry in 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' (he played Dylan).

Jesse Metcalfe of 'Desperate Housewives' has a new show too. He'll costar in NBC's Jerry Bruckheimer drama 'Chase,' about a Texas law enforcement team.

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TV Casting: Molly Shannon Joins 'Glee'; Gabrielle Carteris Lands 'Criminal' Role

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 10th 2010 1:55PM
Molly ShannonSuperstar Molly Shannon will reportedly play Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) new pill-popping nemesis on the award-winning Fox comedy 'Glee.' The role -- astronomy teacher/badminton coach Brenda Castle -- is said to be recurring, and will make its debut in time for May sweeps. As if Gleeks needed more to sing about. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Allison Janney joins Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 31st 2010 1:29PM
allison_janney_smiling_earringsYou could say that most people's interest in a new comedy from Friends' star Matthew Perry called Mr. Sunshine, would be pretty high. He's a popular actor. Friends was a popular show. People reacted favorably to Courteney Cox's new comedy Cougar Town... You see where I'm going here.

Well, the interest meter just moved up considerably because West Wing Emmy-winner Allison Janney will co-star with Matthew in Mr. Sunshine. Mr. Sunshine is an ABC pilot they'll be filming, and it's about a guy who reaches his 40th birthday and wonders if he can continue just getting by on his charm and nonchalant style.

Mr. Sunshine is set in San Diego, where Perry's character manages an aging stadium. Janney is playing Crystal Cohen, the lady in charge of the place. That's right; she's Matthew's boss.

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More ex-Friends news: ABC picks up Matthew Perry's show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 13th 2010 3:30PM
Matthew PerryEarlier today we showed you a clip from Matt Leblanc's new Showtime series Episodes. His old Friends friend Matthew Perry was supposed to have a show on Showtime too called The End of Steve, but the network passed on it. Now Perry has another show and ABC has signed him up.

Perry will star in Mr. Sunshine, a pilot that he co-wrote with Marc Firek and Alex Barnow. It's about the manager of a sports arena who turns 40 and realizes that he has to change his ways and grow up. Fans of two other Perry projects, The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will be happy to hear that Tommy Schlamme is on board as a producer, and I bet he'll direct an episode or two as well.

We're all getting older. Perry is now a man in his 40s, Leblanc has gray hair, and Courteney Cox is a cougar.

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