ABC’s New Mr. Sunshine: Less Blindness, More Mid-Life Crisisness

PerryABC 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 and Tarses’ Fan Fare label are behind the project.

Single-camera comedy was written by Alex Barnow and Marc Firek, who will exec produce as well, along with Perry.

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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