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"Mr. Sunshine" review by Suzanne
Airs Wednesdays 9:30 pm/8:30 pm c

I watched the first two episodes of "Mr. Sunshine". The premise sounded funny: a guy who is hitting middle age runs a second-rate sports arena in San Diego. I'm from San Diego, so I liked the idea. It stars Chandler from Friends, Matthew Perry. I loved him in that show and also in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" But you know what, this show is not nearly as good as either of those. In fact, it's almost as if someone watched "Studio 60" and said, "Hey, I can make a show like that!" except that person is not as funny or as good of a writer as Aaron Sorkin. Also, even Studio 60 was canceled, so why try to emulate it?

When I first watched "Mr. Sunshine", I thought, I don't like this show. It's not funny, and the characters are unlikable. However, the end of the first show was kind of funny. I liked parts of the second show much more, and the characters improved. It's still not all that funny, though. If it were on TVLAND and had lots of special guest stars from the 70's and 80's, perhaps it would be a hit, like "Hot in Cleveland" or "Retired at 35", but it's not. It tries hard to be quirky and glib, but it just doesn't work.

I don't know why Matthew Perry and his co-star, Allison Janney, who are both very talented, agreed to do this dumb show. Even James Lesure (from "Las Vegas") is wasted in this.  I hope they make it better. It is not a horrible show. The writers just need to concentrate on making the show funny instead of quirky.

I don't think I'm the only one who dislikes the show because it has not been doing very well in the ratings. I don't think it will last much longer.

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