Charlie Sheen sitcom 'Anger Management' lands at FX
The cable network said Thursday it has picked up the show -- loosely based on the 2003 movie -- for at least 10 episodes, starting next summer. Bruce Helford, who was behind "The Drew Carey Show," was previously announced as the showrunner; former Disney executive and longtime Sheen pal Joe Roth will be among the producers.
"We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie's acting talents -- and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play," FX President John Landgraf said in a statement.
FX already airs repeats of Sheen's former sitcom, "Two and a Half Men." So the move to capture his new endeavor may make certain sense.
But the network is taking a giant leap into the unknown. Sheen's endlessly publicized drug problems and chaotic family life, not to mention quicksilver personality, led to his firing from "Men" earlier this year. And if the first 10 episodes of "Anger Management" do well, FX will be on the hook for 90 more -- a model already employed for Tyler Perry sitcoms.
Ninety episodes is a very, very long time to be handcuffed to anyone, let alone someone as unpredictable as Sheen. But maybe the actor has learned his lesson. (Yes, we know -- that's funny. Maybe we should write for "Anger Management.")
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-- Scott Collins
Photo: Charlie Sheen's new sitcom has been picked up by FX. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times