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CANCELED SHOWS: ABC & NBC

Another NBC show has hit the skids. Outsourced has been canceled by NBC. This was a strange season for Outsourced. In the summer leading up to the fall launch, it got HORRIBLE reviews. No one thought it would make it past 3 or 4 episodes. But it did surprisingly well early on. Then it completely died in the ratings. So it is getting the result it should have from the start. It was a bad show.

On the ABC front, Better With You, Mr. Sunshine, and Off the Map have all been canceled. Off the Map was a terrible show with even worse ratings so there is no surprise there. Mr. Sunshine is disappointing because I had really high hopes for that show. It was just never as funny as it could be. Of the 3 comedies on the bubble…Mr. Sunshine, Better With You, and Happy Endings…I thought Mr. Sunshine would get the nod, due to the ratings and the cast. Once Happy Endings renewal was announced, it wasn’t a good sign for these two comedies. Speaking of which, I am most sad to see Better With You go. I know a lot of people didn’t like it, but I did. It was an entertaining little show that really got better as the season went on. It started to get some better ratings lately so I thought there might have been a chance. But it wasn’t meant to be.

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REVIEW: Mr Sunshine “Pilot” S1 E1

I have a comment to the marketing team’s of networks who promote shows…..stop showing 80% of the show in the promos!!!!  I was so excited for the premiere of Mr Sunshine but about half way through the premiere I realized something, I had already, pretty much, seen this.   You know why?  Because all the promos showed so many different parts of the show that I basically saw the premiere and didn’t know it!  All the great one liners and zingers that were in this episode I had already seen a couple of times in promos.  I hate when that happens.   But you know what, I still loved it!!!

Mr Sunshine’s main protagonist is Ben Donovan (played by Matthew Perry), the GM of the Sunshine Center in San Diego.  Ben is just turning 40 and juggling his career, his crazy boss Crystal Cohen (played by the amazing Allison Janney) who owns the Sunshine Center, his fear of his assistant who was known to have set a man on fire, Heather (played by Portia Doubleday), and his love/sex life with Marketing Director Alice (played by Andrea Anders) who has now told him that she is ending with him so she can have a committed relationship with the always in a good mood, Alonzo (played by James Lezure.)  I didn’t lie before when I told you how incredible this cast is!  Ben is a good guy but a little self-absorbed and arrogant.  We see that Ben, while good at his job, is lousy with people.  He doesn’t know anyone’s name (and doesn’t care to remember them) and he is contradictory in his direction to suit the moment.  A clear understand of this is formed when he is talking to Hurley (we never did get his real name and like Ben, I don’t care because Jorge Garcia will always be Hurley to me) about why the ice still isn’t melted so the circus can perform.  He doesn’t know his name, the direction he is giving him is completely different from before, and he has very little patience with Hurley.   Reading this you probably think, “man this guy sounds like a complete jerk.”  If it wasn’t Matthew Perry playing Ben with Perry’s quick wit, incredible charm, and ubiquitous facial expressions, you would be right.    But Perry is able to pull it off and have this narcissist be quite likable.   And can I just say, I am so happy to see Perry back on my TV screen.  I really missed him and this show suits him perfectly!

So far it looks like the character I am going to like the best is Crystal.  She is a riot!!!  I always knew Janney was talented and certainly isn’t the type of actress to be type cast because I have seen her play lots of different types of characters…from CJ Craig on the West Wing, to Juno’s stepmother in Juno, to Violet Newstead in Broadway’s 9 to 5.  But it’s funny to see her play such an off-balance, out of touch with reality type of person.  It must be very strange for people who only associate her with the West Wing.  Crystal likes to have grand gestures showing how wonderful she is…like rounding up a group of ethnically diverse children and having them hand her a trophy.  But it seems these events usually go awry because Ben explains to her that covering up her grabbing a child to shield herself from ax-wielding clowns (she’s terrified of clowns but then again who isn’t) and throwing said child to the ground will cost more than when she kicked the policeman but less than when she sank the mayor’s boat.  She is so thrilled.   I just love how completely oblivious she is to reality.  When she started singing her “ethnic song” at her press conference, my husband and I were crying laughing.  It was very early Michael Scott-ish.  Crystal reminds me of the type of person, and maybe this is just my wishful thinking and knowing how incredible Janney is I think it could work, who will early on come across as a slightly racist, ignorant, dolt, but will eventually show what a truly loving, intelligent, and thoughtful person that she is deep down.  But I can’t wait to watch her again next week and see where this story goes between her and her son Roman (played by Nate Torrence.)

Mr Sunshine looks to be a winner for ABC.   The ratings last night were strong (3.7 rating and 10.57 million viewers.)  Luckily for Cougar Town, it’s already renewed, but Mr Sunshine had the highest ratings in that time slot (the same as Cougar Town’s) since Cougar Town premiered in 2009.  Now let’s not get crazy.  Let’s see what the numbers look like in a few weeks but it is certainly great news for the mid-season rookie!!  Of all the new comedies that have premiered so far mid-season (and I think there are 1 or 2 more to go), Mr Sunshine is the best.  You should check it out!

 
 

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Mr Sunshine Premieres Tonight!!!!

There were two mid-season shows I was most excited about…one is practically dead and the other is premiering tonight!!!  HOLLAR!!!!  Oh Lord that was bad.   Anywho, my first show was the Cape.   Yeah, we all know how that is turning out.   I hope I don’t jinx this next one the way I might I have jinxed the Cape, but I don’t think I will.

Mr Sunshine looks absolutely hilarious!  It also has one of the best comedy casts on TV.  You never know how these things are going to go but with a lead in like Modern Family (the #1 comedy on TV) that sets up well for Mr Sunshine.

So tune in people or I may have to slushie you!

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in ABC, Mid Season, New Shows

 

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ABC Mid-Season Schedule

ABC is the last of the major networks to announce their mid-season schedule.  Looks like 3 shows are entering the mix: 1 in January and 1 in February and 1 in April.  Check out the trailers below:

Off the Map (Premieres Wednesday January 12th at 10pm)

Mr Sunshine (Premieres Wednesday February 9th at 9:30pm)

Happy Endings (Premieres Wednesday April 13th at 10:00pm)

Of all these shows, I am most excited for Mr Sunshine.  Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, Andrea Anders, James Lesure…how can you not be excited with that cast?  The other 2 I will give a chance to but I don’t have high hopes for them.

From ABC.com, here is a brief summary on each show:

Mr. Sunshine

Matthew Perry stars as Ben Donovan, the self-involved manager of a second-rate San Diego sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday. Working alongside him is his boss and arena owner, Crystal—attractive, powerful and highly erratic; Alice—the cute, tomboyish marketing director and Ben’s friend with benefits; Alonzo—a former basketball player, handsome and unbelievably happy; Ben’s assistant, Heather—pretty, sweet, but terrifying because she once lit a boyfriend on fire; Crystal’s son, Roman—sweet-faced, clueless and Ben’s newest employee; and a hapless operations crew whom Ben refers to collectively as the “Steves.”

Mr. Sunshine stars Matthew Perry (Friends) as Ben, Allison Janney (The West Wing) as Crystal, Andrea Anders as Alice, James Lesure as Alonzo, Nate Torrence as Roman and Portia Doubleday as Heather.

Off the Map

Welcome to “la ciudad de las estrellas” (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. That’s where idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner just landed, along with fellow doctors Mina Minard and Tommy Fuller. All of these young doctors are running away from personal demons, but they aren’t the only ones with emotional baggage. Take the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, who was the youngest Chief of Surgery at UCLA. He walked away from it all to found the clinic. Together with his right-hand doctor, Otis Cole, the mysterious Dr. Ryan Clark and local doctor Zita Alvarez, he’ll teach the newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they’ve ever worked in—while taking them on adventures of a lifetime.  In this ensemble drama, six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.

Off the Map stars Jonathan Castellanos as Charlie, Valerie Cruz as Zitajalehrena Alvarez (Zee), Caroline Dhavernas as Lily Brenner, Jason George as Otis Cole, Zach Gilford as Tommy Fuller, Mamie Gummer as Mina Minard, Martin Henderson as Ben Keeton and Rachelle Lefevre as Ryan Clark.

Happy Endings

Forget who gets to keep the ring—when a couple splits, the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? In this modern comedy, a couple’s break-up will complicate all of their friends’ lives and make everyone question their choices. When life throws you for a curve, hold on tight to the people you love. Every circle of friends has someone who’s the gravitational center. For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they’ve split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane and Penny have to choose sides? Suddenly every event is a negotiation… like, who gets to go on the annual ski trip? There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but this group has been together so long, somehow, little by little, they’ll figure out how to hold on, even though their center is split up. It helps that Dave and Alex have agreed to stay friends. But there will definitely be other complications down the road. This show isn’t afraid to ask the embarrassing personal questions that inevitably arise in every long-term, close-knit group of friends.

Happy Endings stars Elisha Cuthbert (24) as Alex, Eliza Coupe as Jane, Zachary Knighton as Dave, Adam Pally as Max, Damon Wayans, Jr. as Brad and Casey Wilson as Penny.

 

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2010 in ABC, New Shows

 

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