'Mr. Sunshine' review: Matthew Perry's new gig makes us miss Chandler Bing


Matthew Perry returns to TV in "Mr. Sunshine" on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST on ABC. The single-camera sitcom, which Perry co-created, should have all the makings of a great comedy, but the pilot falls a bit short. Developed with "Friends" producer Jamie Tarses and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" producer Thomas Schlamme, "Mr. Sunshine" boasts big stars... but no likable characters. Perry plays Ben Donovan, a self-described "emotionally broken" man who manages a sports arena in San Diego. On his 40th birthday, Donovan has a bit of a breakthrough, realizing that he's selfish, narcissistic, and unreliable. Unfortunately... he's also not very funny. Sure, we love seeing Perry on our TV, and there's a certain comfort in his familiar Chandler Bing sarcasm, but it's not actually enough to make us sympathize with his character. There's probably a "Friends" rerun playing on some other channel, anyway. The character makes a few vague attempts to...



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