TV Junkie: Will 'Mr. Sunshine' Continue To ...Shine for ABC?
The numbers will tell: Tonight we'll see how the second episode of Matthew Perry's "Mr. Sunshine" performs. Last week's premiere was the best Wednesday @ 9:30pm premiere ABC has had since "Cougar Town" launched in 2009. This didn't surprise us, as we surmised last week, because of the star power each of the "Friends" cast still commands. Since we don't have access to the Nielsen data that would show if/how many viewers dropped off during the airing we won't truly know how the show is doing until after tonight.
"Mr. Sunshine," starring Matthew Perry as a frazzled sports/events arena-manager named Ben, does have some great cast members: we loved Andrea Anders in "Better Off Ted" and hope to see more of her, and Allison Janney of "The West Wing" showed us in Josh Malina's web series, "Backwash," that she was willing to go there with comedy. The question is, are we going to be feeling nostalgic for these now-defunct shows while watching "Mr. Sunshine" instead of giving this series a fair shake? If you watched last week's premiere, let us know, does "Mr. Sunshine" deserve more time?
The Night In Preview: Yes, there will be new episode of "Modern Family" on as well tonight, but we're really hankering for the new episode of "Justified" (10pm on FX). We're predicting that this will be the breakout season for this series and last week's premiere only whetted our appetite for more of Timothy Olyphant's performance as US Marshall Raylan Givens, as well as his lovely costars Natalie Zea and Joelle Carter (please see our video interview with her at the end of this post!). Late night looks good as well with both Fred Armisen (congrats on the renewal of "Portlandia"!) and Reggie Watts on "Conan" while Rosie O'Donnell promises to cause a ruckus over on Jimmy Fallon's show.