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TV Junkie: 'Justified' Season 2 Premieres Tonight as Does Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine'

Timothy Olyphant and Joelle Carter star in FX's "Justified" which has its 2nd season premiere tonight at 10pm.
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If you haven't had a chance yet, please check out our interview with Joelle Carter who plays Ava Crowder on FX's "Justified" whose 2nd season premiere airs tonight at 10pm. We're very excited about this season and about the show which, we predict, will be a breakout hit for FX. "Justified" is our hands down pick of the night.
Tonight also marks the premiere of "Mr. Sunshine" on ABC at 9:30pm after "Modern Family." "Mr. Sunshine" is a vehicle that is built around Matthew Perry, marking his return to primetime TV after the demise of "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" four years ago. Check out all the "Friends" alumni on TV as of late: Courtany Cox on "Cougar Town," Matt LeBlanc on "Episodes," and Lisa Kudrow's "Who Do You Think You Are?". It seemed like time for Perry to return, right? We think he did a good job when he joined Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" despite the show's many flaws: he wasn't playing a "funny" guy and despite all appearances, "Studio 60" was not a comedy. Perry was also part of a very strong ensemble on that show, a signature of Sorkin's, thus he had a lot of people to share the load with him.

Let's contrast this with "Mr. Sunshine": it's a comedy, Perry is supposed to be funny all the time, and his character is one of a very small stable of characters. Even on "Friends" Perry's exasperated Chandler Bing was made funny because the mix of other strong characters. Let's face it, "The Chandler Bing Show" wouldn't have lasted very long as a spin-off and that's why there never was one.

What do I know about "Mr. Sunshine"? Not a lot as ABC never sent me screeners despite a being a member of the Television Critics Association - is this an oversight or do they want to see less reviews of it out there before the show airs? I know of a few critics who did receive screeners but I've stayed away from their reviews as I'd rather have seen something before relaying a negative or positive I'd heard somewhere else. Out of deference for his previous good work, I'm going to give Perry a chance tonight ....and it will help me kill time before "Justified" airs at 10pm on FX.