Pilot Patrol: Matthew Perry Shines in 'Mr. Sunshine' for ABC


It's almost time for the upfronts -- the halcyon period of enthusiasm and anticipation when networks present their primetime schedules for fall and announce new series pick-ups to advertisers -- which means that as we speak, dozens of executives at all the major networks are currently hunkered down in screening rooms, viewing a slew of pilots to try and decide which televisual treats should grace our screens come fall.


Nothing is a done deal until the third week of May, when the upfronts roll out in New York, but Variety is currently reporting positive buzz for a number of pilots coming out of the screening rooms, one of which is the Matthew Perry comedy, 'Mr. Sunshine.'


Written by Perry, 'Sunshine' centers on a man who has a minor identity crisis on his 40th birthday. The single camera comedy scored high in screenings and, according to Variety, is "pretty much a done deal." Early word seems to indicate that ABC might schedule the comedy for Tuesdays at 9PM to fill the void left by 'Lost' after it ends this season.


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