Andrea Anders & Allison Janney Tapped for ABC Pilot 'Mr. Sunshine'
Stage and screen stars Andrea Anders and Allison Janney are being tapped to star in a new ABC pilot series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, entitled "Mr. Sunshine," features Anders opposite Matthew Perry's Ben, a San Diego stadium owner who comes to the realization he can no longer skirt by on his charm and good looks.
Anders will play Alice, Perry's friend-with-benefits. Janney will star alongside Nate Torrence. Janney will play Ben's boss, Crystal, with Torrence acting as her son.
Anders is currently starring in the TV series "Better Off Ted" as Linda Zwordling. The series is not expected to be picked up for a third season by the network. She has been featured on the television shows Joey and Oz, and was seen on Broadway in the plays Proof and The Graduate.
Allison Janney has appeared on stage as well as in numerous film and television roles. Film roles include 'Juno', 'Hairspray', 'Away We Go', 'Nurse Betty', 'American Beauty', and '10 Things I Hate About You'. Janney's most notable television role was on the Aaron Sorkin political drama , 'The West Wing' where she played press secretary C.J. Cregg from 1999-2006; a role which garnered Janney for Emmy wins and four Golden Globe award nominations. Janney's theatre credits include her 1996 Broadway debut in Present Laughter opposite Frank Langella, the 1998 production 'A View from the Bridge' for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, and most recently she played the role of 'Violet Newstead' in the Broadway musical '9 to 5' based on the 1980 film which starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Janney was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Violet and she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.