Pilot follows San Diego sports arena manager

ABC has given a pilot order to “Mr. Sunshine,” a laffer starring Matthew Perry.

Should it go to series, Perry would join fellow “Friends” alum Courteney Cox on the Alphabet net, which just gave her show a sophomore order on Tuesday.

“Mr. Sunshine” centers on a San Diego sports arena manager who goes through a mid-life crisis when he turns 40.

Perry is exec producing the pilot with Thomas Schlamme, who’s directing, as well as Jamie Tarses. Sony Pictures TV, Tarses’ Fan Fare label and Schlamme’s Shoe Money shingle are behind the project.

Idea for the single-camera comedy came from Perry, who wrote the pilot with Alex Barnow and Marc Firek, who will exec produce as well.

Alphabet had already given a major commitment to “Mr. Sunshine” this fall.

“Mr. Sunshine” was also the title of a short-lived 1986 ABC sitcom starring Jeffrey Tambor as a blind English professor.

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