Mr. Sunshine (2011 ABC – cancelled)

Allison Janney and Matthew Perry leading an enseble cast within a single-camera format.

They were both seen together before on the set of The West Wing. The chemistry seems to be working quite well.

They both are incredibly talented and work well as an ensemble. It was a good idea but perhaps the setup of the story was a little too abstract and irrelevant to many. Funny lines can only work as long as you learn something new about he characters, their development or their back story. Once all is established, there is not much left.
Janney’s character is funny as long as she is an irrational rich lady. Once she gets more human, I’m no longer interested.

What’s old: episode length – 22 minutes and style of short and pointy yet witty dialogues leading to slightly deeper layers but not too deep.

What’s new: the setting – for all I know it could be set on the moon or at a plank factory. It doesn’t really matter and that is unfortunate.

Verdict: the show got cancelled after only one season without even airing the last few episodes. There was not much to follow. Shame. But hope they will get something new soon.

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