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Mr. Sunshine - Is the Recent Short-Lived Matthew Perry Series Coming to DVD?

An pre-order listing suggests Sony will do an MOD release soon

Posted by David Lambert
    Matthew Perry stars as Ben Donovan, the general manager of the Sunshine Center, who every night navigates a never-ending series of bizarre requests, curious mishaps and employee screw ups to put on a show for 18,000 screaming people.

    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; and Crystal's son, Roman, sweet-faced, clueless and Ben's newest employee.

    "Mr. Sunshine" stars Matthew Perry ("Friends") as Ben, Allison Janney ("The West Wing") as Crystal, Andrea Anders as Alice, James Lesure as Alonzo and Nate Torrence as Roman.
Mr. Sunshine, which not only starred Friends alumni Matthew Perry but was co-created by him as well, was short-lived as the ABC network cancelled it after just 9 episodes aired. Besides co-stars Allison Janney (The West Wing, Phineas and Ferb), James Lesure (Las Vegas, The Lipstick Jungle), Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted, Joey) and Nate Torrence (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, with Perry), in that time there were also terrific guest stars such as Jorge Garcia (Lost, Becker), Nick Jonas (of The Jonas Brothers), tennis legend Jimmy Connors, Fred Savage (The Wonder Years, Working), and Lizzy Caplan (True Blood, The Class, The Pitts, Freaks and Geeks).

Now a new pre-order listing for "Mr Sunshine Season 1" suggests that a DVD release is on the way for this program. The cost shown is $20.95 SRP (although it's discounted from there), with an availability date of November 15th. The listing at Amazon has the title prefixed with "Mod-," suggesting that this is a Manufacture On Demand release.

This is further supported by the fact that Allied Vaughn, one of the MOD partners of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, is mentioned in the listing along with Sony themselves. Many other "Mod-" titles from Sony were added to Amazon at the same time, with the same price and street date. These are mostly films, however, including the long missing-on-DVD '80s theatrical film The Legend of Billie Jean.

No further info is available yet about Mr. Sunshine on DVD...not from Amazon, nor Sony, nor the Warner Archive (who also distributes Sony's MOD titles, as well as their own). We don't have package art yet, either. Stay tuned, however, and we'll update you as further developments occur!

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