Matthew Perry project a go at ABC

'Mr. Sunshine' pilot formally greenlighted

ABC has greenlighted to pilot the Matthew Perry-starring comedy "Mr. Sunshine."

The single-camera project, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses' Fanfare, stars Perry as the manager of an aging San Diego stadium who realizes on his 40th birthday that he can no longer get by on just his charming, noncommittal ways.

"Sunshine" is based on an idea by Perry, who penned the script with Alex Barnow and Marc Firek. The three are executive producing with Tarses and Tommy Schlamme, who is on board to direct.

The project sparked a bidding frenzy when it hit the marketplace in October and landed at ABC with one of the development season's richest commitments.

ABC has been aggressive in greenlighting its pilots early this season.

On the comedy side, "Sunshine" joins the recently ordered "Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid" and "Awkward Situations for Men."

The news of the "Sunshine" pilot pickup came on the same day ABC announced the renewal of freshman "Cougar Town," headlined by Perry's longtime "Friends" co-star Courteney Cox.