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Mr. Sunshine is an ABC network sitcom series created by Matthew Perry (who also starred in the show), Marc Firek & Alex Barnow.
The show aired as a mid-season replacement from February 9 to April 6, 2011, lasting for one season & 13 episodes leaving four episodes unaired.
It was produced by Anhedonia Productions, Barnow and Firek Productions, FanFare Productions, Shoe Money Productions and Sony Pictures Television.
The series centered on Ben Donovan, the operations manager for the Sunshine Center, a second-tier arena in San Diego, California, who deals with the unusual demands of his job and his unpredictable boss, Crystal Cohen.
- Matthew Perry as Ben Donovan
- Allison Janney as Crystal Cohen
- Andrea Anders as Alice
- James Lesure as Alonzo Pope
- Nate Torrence as Roman Cohen
- Portia Doubleday as Heather
"Mr. Sunshine" was 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 for ABC if the pilot hadn't made 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.
At the end of April, the casting of Portia Doubleday as Ben's assistant, and James Lesure as an ex-basketball star, was announced.
In May 2010, ABC picked up the pilot for the 2010–2011 television season. On May 13, 2011, ABC announced that it had canceled the series due to low ratings.