Mr. Sunshine (2011 TV series)
|Created by||Matthew Perry
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jamie Tarses
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Anhedonia Productions
Shoe Money Productions
Barnow and Firek Productions
Sony Pictures Television
|Original run||February 9 – April 6, 2011|
Mr. Sunshine is an American television sitcom that ran from February 9 to April 6, 2011, as a midseason replacement. The single-camera comedy was co-created by Matthew Perry, who also starred in the series. ABC cancelled the series on May 13, 2011 due to low ratings.
Ben Donovan (Perry) is the operations manager for the Sunshine Center, a second-tier arena in San Diego, who has to deal with the unusual demands of his job and his unpredictable boss (Allison Janney).
Cast and characters
- Matthew Perry as Ben Donovan – manager of the Sunshine Center.
- Allison Janney as Crystal Cohen – Ben's unpredictable boss.
- Andrea Anders as Alice – Ben's former "friend with benefits" now dating Alonzo.
- James Lesure as Alonzo Pope – former NBA star, Ben's happy-go-lucky co-worker and Alice's boyfriend.
- Nate Torrence as Roman Cohen – Crystal's lovable but weird son. He has a crush on Heather.
- Portia Doubleday as Heather – Ben's assistant, who everyone believes is crazy.
Development and production
Mr. Sunshine is based on a concept by Matthew Perry, who planned to co-write, star in, and executive produce. The project sparked a bidding war among the networks, with ABC landing the comedy in October 2009. The deal came with hefty penalties if the pilot did not make it to series. Perry teamed with Sony writers Alex Barnow and Marc Firek to pen the script.
A green light to produce the pilot came from ABC in early January 2010. Thomas Schlamme, of Shoe Money Productions, was chosen to direct the half-hour pilot. Perry, Schlamme, and co-writers Barnow and Firek were all listed as executive producers for the pilot, along with Jamie Tarses of FanFare Productions.
Casting began in late January, with Allison Janney as the first actor added to the cast as Ben's boss. In February, Andrea Anders was tapped as Ben's "friend with benefits", and Nate Torrence brought on board to play Roman, the son of Ben's boss. The casting of Portia Doubleday as Ben's assistant, and James Lesure as an ex-basketball star, was announced at the end of April.
In May 2010, ABC picked up the pilot for the 2010–2011 television season.
On May 13, 2011, ABC announced that it had canceled Mr. Sunshine.
The series was released on DVD on November 1, 2011, featuring the 4 unaired episodes.
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