For Perry, the premise was fascinating, too, and he has been looking for a smart comedy for awhile now! "I think whenever you go behind the curtain with things you don’t know about—like SNL or the Sunshine Center, the arena thing—it’s interesting," he started. "What we’re trying to do is have the people at work be incredibly dysfunctional but all try to better their lives somehow. They all have to try to get it together because eighteen thousand people are coming to their workplace that night."
And of course working in an arena means a lot of cool, visually stunning events can be paraded through, including a circus with a live elephant in the pilot episode. When asked what else Perry would like to see as guest set design on future episodes, he rattles off a simple list: "Bruce Springsteen, lingerie football, like a teen concert. Stories can jump off of that. Those are some of the ones we’re talking about. Hollywood on Ice, all those things!"
Hmm, if they're doing Hollywood on Ice, I don't see why some of the stars-turned-ice dancers can't be Perry's Dawn Til Dawn co-stars Alan Thicke and Kelsey Grammer! They're good at poking fun at themselves! Mr. Sunshine won't air on ABC until mid-season-- Perry joked that he was told the exact start date and time slot but by "a mysterious man who no longer works at the network"-- so there is plenty of time for them to work on my idea! I won't even ask for a Story By credit!