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Charlie Sheen reunites with Denise Richards on 'Anger Management'

Denise Richards will be on Charlie Sheen's new show

Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards: Reunited and it feels so good?

The battling exes are on much happier terms these days — so much so that FX has confirmed reports that Richards is scheduled to appear with Sheen on his upcoming series, "Anger Mangement."

The series, which is scheduled to premiere June 28, features Sheen as a washed-up minor league baseball player who becomes a nontraditional psychotherapist.

Richards, who also appeared on Sheen's former show, "Two and a Half Men," when they were still married, will play Lori, the new business partner of Sheen's onscreen ex, played by Shawnee Smith.

Network executives said they did not know how many episodes Richards would appear in.

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Photo: Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen in 2003. Photo credit: Paul Skipper/Associated Press.

Charlie Sheen gets premiere date for FX's 'Anger Management'

Charlie Sheen has premiere date for his new FX sitcom, "Anger Management." The show is set to start Thursday, June 28, at 9 p.m.
The prime-time rehabilitation of Charlie Sheen is almost complete.

The mercurial star just got a locked-in premiere date for his new FX sitcom, "Anger Management." The show is set to start Thursday, June 28, at 9 p.m.

FX plans to air the first two of 10 episodes that night. In the following weeks, repeats will air at 9 p.m., followed by an original at 9:30.

"Anger Management" marks Sheen's return to a prime-time series, his first such effort since he was famously sacked from CBS' "Two and a Half Men" last year after weeks of lashing out at his bosses and the show.

In "Anger Management," Sheen plays Charlie, a washed-out minor-league baseball player who becomes a "nontraditional" psychotherapist.

FX is using Sheen as the anchor of a Thursday comedy block that is scheduled to include the returns of "Wilfred," with Elijah Wood, and "Louie," with Louis C.K., as well as the premiere of "Strangely Uplifting," which is to feature Russell Brand riffing before a live audience.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 

Charlie Sheen apologizes to Ashton Kutcher but not to former show

Charlie Sheen apologizes to Ashton Kutcher

Charlie Sheen is extending the olive branch to Ashton Kutcher ... again.

Sheen, who had appeared to calm down after repeatedly bashing "Two and a Half Men," the CBS sitcom from which he was fired, lashed out last week to blast the series and Ashton Kutcher, who replaced him on the show.

"I'm tired of lying," Sheen said in a call to "TMZ Live." "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck, I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending that they're not completely adrift. Because when you take away the anchor of the show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching salvage vessel."

But Sheen has now issued an apology — at least to Kutcher. In a statement that started as a tweet, Sheen said, "Dear Ashton — my bad. I was disrespectful of a man doing his best. I got excited and threw you into a crossfire. The rest of my statement I stand behind. You, however, deserve better. Safety in your travels, good sir."

He signed the statement "The "late" Charlie Harper," the character he played on the series.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen at Spike's "Video Game Awards" in December. Photo credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images.

Charlie Sheen trashes Ashton Kutcher, 'Two and a Half Men'

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Charlie Sheen is done playing nice, it appears.

On Thursday, Sheen -- sounding quite a bit like the cantankerous star who rampaged across pop culture in early 2011 -- called in to "TMZ Live" to complain to co-hosts Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere about "Two and a Half Men," his former sitcom home.

"I'm tired of lying," Sheen said. "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending Ashton [Kutcher] doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending that they're not completely adrift. Because when you take away the anchor of your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching salvage vessel."

Back in September, Sheen's tone was more positive, telling TMZ that Kutcher's debut was "the best intro for a new a character on a TV show of all time."

Time has passed and things have changed, including a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros. (the studio that produces "Two and a Half Men") ordering Sheen to stop using Warner-owned photos of himself to promote his new FX series "Anger Management."

Sheen tells Levin that it's nothing personal with Kutcher: The problem is the writing. "I feel bad for him. He's saddled with such bad writing. ... There's just nothing about it that's fresh or interesting. I forget that it's on the air."

Sheen is apparently one of the few who have forgotten it's on the air, as the Kutcher-starring version of the CBS series debuted to its highest ratings ever (28.74 million viewers) and has seen higher ratings this season than the last few seasons starring Sheen.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Jenny McCarthy's not-so-amazing journey: From Oprah to NBC to VH1

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Frequent Oprah Winfrey guest and protege Jenny McCarthy made headlines last year when she abruptly abandoned Winfrey's fledgling basic cable channel. McCarthy had been developing a series for OWN, but reportedly became frustrated with the network's creative team and decided to leave, taking her project with her.

Reports then said McCarthy -- who broke through in the 1990s by combining a bouncy personality, sex appeal and a crude, over-the-top comedic style -- was taking her show to NBC.

But less than a year later, McCarthy is winding up back at basic cable. VH1 has announced it is developing "The Jenny McCarthy Show, which a news release says will "celebrate as well as skewer everyone and everything in pop culture, news, fashion TV, movies and the Web." The show, still in the early stages of development, is scheduled to premiere in the summer or fall of this year.

There was no indication why McCarthy, who used to be romantically linked with Jim Carrey, didn't land at NBC. But that network already has a full stable of attractive brash comediennes, including Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler as well as Sarah Silverman, who is developing a comedy for NBC.

Also, although McCarthy and her wacky, sexy persona has been featured in recurring guest shots on "Two and a Half Men" as one of Charlie Sheen's lovers and on "Just Shoot Me," she has never broken through in a lead role despite several attempts. She had a short-lived sitcom on NBC in the late 1990s. "Dirty Love," the 2005 film which she co-wrote and starred in, scored several Razzie awards, including "Worst Picture" and "Worst Actress" for McCarthy.

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Photo: Jenny McCarthy at the American Music Awards in November. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

 

Charlie Sheen is a hit at Fox party: 'I'm not crazy anymore'

Charlie Sheen showed his charming side at a Fox party for his new series "Anger Management"
Charlie Sheen fired up a cigarette in the back of a huge mansion in Pasadena, flashing a sheepish smile tinged with befuddlement. Moments earlier, he had been surrounded by a throng of reporters bombarding him with questions on topics including his personal life and earth-scorching meltdown last year and the status of "Anger Management," his upcoming series on FX.

"Man, it's a bit nutty," he said, puffing with a bit of a gleam in his eye. "I'm just a white guy from Malibu who dropped out of high school. I'm amazed that there's still all this interest in what's going on."

Of course, Sheen knows deep down he's not just a "white guy from Malibu." He's the "warlock" with "tiger blood" coursing through his veins, the guy whose drug-and-sex-soaked antics wreaked havoc on his family life, his career and his reputation while costing him his high-paying starring role on CBS' "Two and A Half Men." Video of his wild-eyed rants, in which he lashed out at his bosses while declaring he was "winning," were revived during the holidays as one of the top news stories of the year.

Photos: Fox's all-star party

But the Charlie Sheen who appeared at the Fox party Sunday for the Television Critics Assn. medias tour bore no resemblance to the 2011 model. Wearing glasses and looking trim, Sheen was matinee-idol handsome, looking healthier and clearer than he had in years. He was mobbed by reporters almost as soon as he walked into the Castle Green house. Although numerous other stars such as Keifer Sutherland and the cast of "Glee" attended, Sheen easily attracted the biggest crowd.

It was his first public appearance since September, when he allowed himself to be lovingly lashed and humiliated during his roast on Comedy Central. Though he seemed to embrace the vicious humor, he appeared a bit uneasy afterward and declined to speak to reporters.

But at the Fox party, Sheen was effortlessly charming, self-deprecating, patient and forthcoming, even though the swarm of reporters and photographers was so relentless that a bodyguard had to keep moving them back. Anyone who wondered why FX would want to do a series with a performer who has drawn more than his share of unsavory headlines in recent years would have had their doubts answered: Despite his notoriety and troubles, Sheen's considerable star power is undimmed -- and may have brightened with his fiery shenanigans.

And he maintained that his worst days are behind him. "Well, I'm not crazy anymore," he said to reporters when asked if he was a different person than last year. "That was an episode. I'm a different person than I was yesterday!" Asked whether he would leave the outrageous antics on screen, he offered, "Let's just say I have a mellower plan."

In a quieter moment after the reporters departed, Sheen said, "I find it really strange now when someone comes up to me in the supermarket and says, 'Winning!'" He said he realized he was one of the most famous people in the world last year, noting that one popularity measure concluded that 3 billion people knew about him ("That's half the planet"), and that he had little concept of how much of a cultural impression he was making at the time.

"I know I used it a lot and abused it a lot," he said.

These days, he said, he's spending more time with his kids and family, and has cut down on his tweeting: "To tweet while sitting at home watching a ballgame isn't very exciting."

Joined at the party by star sitcom producer Bruce Helford ("Roseanne," "The Drew Carey Show"), Sheen's main purpose at the party was to promote "Anger Management," which shares the title but little else with the 2003 Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler comedy. The show is in early development; Sheen will play an anger-management specialist, but so far little else has been determined.

Said Helford, "Everyone in the world has called and wants to be on the show. They want to be a patient."

Helford, who is an executive producer of the show, and Sheen had high praise for FX and John Landgraf, who heads the network. Sheen said he was a fan of several of the cable channel's series, including "Sons of Anarchy" and "Louie." He said his series would probably premiere in the summer and would be a multi-camera show filmed before a live audience.

Sheen told reporters that working on the new series was already a more gratifying experience creatively than his previous series, "Two and a Half Men": "It's exciting to be in a situation where the people I work with are excited about my input. That hasn't happened in a long time. But I still know my strengths and weaknesses," adding that he looks to Helford to guide him.

Still, he was mostly gracious about "Two and A Half Men," though he said he felt that killing off his character (he was stuck by a subway train) was "a little mean-spirited." Ashton Kutcher, who replaced him on the show this season, is "doing a good job. But it's a different show now," he said.

He added that he thought Kutcher's introduction on the show (Jon Cryer, who played Sheen's brother, drops the cremated ashes of Sheen's character as Kutcher appears outside, wet and naked) "was one of the great TV moments of all time. That's how the show should have ended ... and then 'to be continued.'"

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Photo: Charlie Sheen at his Comedy Central roast in 2011. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

2011 Best TV Meltdowns: From 'winning!' to whining

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Life can be stressful for Hollywood entertainers and personalities. The strain obviously took its toll on several who lost their composure, control and dignity, making for some of the most unexpected and memorable celebrity meltdowns of 2011.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Probably no other celebrity will be more scrutinized in 2012 than Charlie Sheen, who staged the mother of all meltdowns this year that eventually cost him one of the most high-paying jobs in Hollywood. Sheen took to the airwaves early this year to blast his bosses at CBS' "Two and a Half Men" after production on the series paused following his stint in rehab. He called executive producer Chuck Lorre "a clown" and referred to him as "Haim Levine" -- which some interpreted as an anti-Semitic slur on Lorre's last name. He appeared on numerous talk and radio shows bragging about having "tiger blood,"  compared himself to a warlock and constantly said he was "winning." Fired from the show, Sheen became calmer later in the year, endured a Comedy Central roast and even got a new job -- a comedy on FX called "Anger Management" that is slated to premiere in 2012. No doubt many will be watching Sheen to see how he follows his explosive 2011 fall.

 

KIM KARDASHIAN and KRIS HUMPHRIES: Well, they said it wouldn't last -- and it didn't. The queen of all celebutantes, Kardashian seemed to have everything: fame, wealth, a strong family and a hit reality show show on E!, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." But what she really wanted was a husband. Her dream seemed to come true when her courtship with basketball player Kris Humphries led to a lavish "fairy tale" wedding in November which cost a reported $10 million and warranted a two-night prime-time special. But the fairy tale crashed and burned 72 days later when Kardashian filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences," provoking an outcry from fans who felt the entire event had been staged for profit. The backlash startled Kardashian, who said she really had been in love with Humphries--a claim she likely made about singer and former flame Ray J when they made the sex tape that launched her "career."  

 

CHRISTINE O'DONNELL: Former U.S. Senate candidate O'Donnell had just wanted to promote her new book when she appeared in August on CNN's Piers Morgan show. But the interview became tense when Morgan began pressing her about whether she supported gay marriage. Even after she bristled, Morgan pressed on, asking her what she felt about the "don't ask, don't tell" credo in the U.S. military. When she accused him of being rude, Morgan said, "I think I'm being charming and respectful." But the damage was done -- one of O'Donnell's advisors off-camera told her to leave, and the Delaware Republican took off her mike and walked off. Morgan said later it was his first walk-off in 25 years of doing interviews.

 

KAT VON D: Live morning TV can be extremely unpredictable. Take the case of "Good Day L.A." on Fox 11. In July, Kat Von D, the tattoo artist who got engaged to Jesse James soon after his breakup with Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, was scheduled to appear on the show to promote her TLC reality series, "L.A. Ink." But Von D, who had previously announced that the couple had split,  stormed off the set right before she was supposed to go on. Von D fled the station when she was introduced with a clip from the show in which she surprised James by showing him her new tattoo, a picture of him as a youth. Her abrupt departure perplexed the show's anchors -- producers said that her only request for the planned interview was that Bullock not be mentioned. Von D tweeted moments after her exit: "Dear Good Day L.A., Thanks for the waste of a perfectly good morning. Lack of compassion and respect for each other never fails to disappoint me." 

 

KTLA'S HENRY DICARLO: KTLA weatherman Henry DiCarlo joked that he hadn't had coffee or breakfast the December morning when he erupted during a live report in what later became known as "Henry's hissy fit." DiCarlo had been at Union Station around 6 a.m conducting a live report for Toys for Tots. When he then started his weather report, a full screen graphic appeared and DiCarlo was heard to say, "You know what, it's so interesting. I'm in the communications business and it seems like there's so little communication. When you send a weatherman out to do the weather but you also want him to do a story, you might want to give him a little extra time." He became more frustrated, said someone else in the studio would handle the weather and stormed off -- a moment captured by cameras. DiCarlo explained a few days later that he had been planning to do a four-minute segment, but the producer in the studio started yelling at him through his earpiece about 35 seconds into the report. "It doesn't matter when the circumstances were -- it wasn't a pretty sight for me to act like that, and I get that," he said. But he didn't actually apologize for the outburst, telling his colleagues: "But personally,  you guys have seen much worse from me, so I didn't think I was that bad."

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Photo: Charlie Sheen in September 2011. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

Did Ashton Kutcher channel Charlie Sheen on Dan Patrick's show?

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Ashton Kutcher is taking to heart the idea of replacing Charlie Sheen — on the air and off.

Kutcher called into "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday morning to talk about his gig on "Two and a Half Men," proclaiming it to be "the best job I've ever had." ("Dude, Where's My Car?" is surely a close runner-up). In a segment that clocked in at 15 minutes, Kutcher also took the time to mildly confront Patrick for calling him "soft" — which the radio show host did in jest in an email to Kutcher's wife, Demi Moore, about fantasy football tips. Kutcher was more than a little offended by such a  term of endearment.

"I’m a put-dirt-on-it and walk-it-off kinda guy," the actor said.

Kutcher's appearance was hardly as off-kilter as his predecessor's bout on Patrick's program in February, when Sheen complained about his bosses at CBS for stopping production on "Two and a Half Men." That interview came at start of Sheen's recent cycle of extreme behavior, which included more call-ins to the morning show by Sheen. (At one point he advised Lindsay Lohan to "work on your impulse control.")

Eventually, Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, was killed off the CBS sitcom in the season opener this fall, with Kutcher filling the void as Walden Schmidt, a recently divorced Internet mogul who moves in Alan and Jake.

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Photo: Ashton Kutcher is shown in September while attending the ceremony for Jon Cryer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Charlie Sheen sitcom 'Anger Management' lands at FX

CharliesheenroastThe rock star from Mars has landed -- Charlie Sheen's new sitcom "Anger Management" will air on 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.")

What do you think? Will you watch Sheen's new show? Take our poll or sound off in the comments. 

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Photo: Charlie Sheen's new sitcom has been picked up by FX. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Charlie Sheen fans dump on Ashton Kutcher

"Two and a Half Men" premiere

"Two and a Half Men" may have hit record ratings with Ashton Kutcher this week, but fans of his predecessor aren't about to extend a winning welcome to the CBS sitcom's new star.

"Boring," wrote one commenter on Show Tracker, reflecting the views of a vast majority, at least online. "Bring Charlie back."

"Kutcher couldn't deliver a joke if it were gift-wrapped," sniped another.

Kutcher replaced Sheen on the No. 1-ranked comedy after Sheen's well-publicized drug battles and verbal attacks on his bosses led to his firing earlier this year. Kutcher plays Walden Schmidt, a lonely tech billionaire.

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Some professional TV critics were kinder, if not exactly effusive. The Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd wrote that the premiere was "promising," adding: "Kutcher brings a softness as well as a sense of rude health –- he was naked for much of the show –- to a series that could often be brittle and sour, misanthropic and misogynistic, and temperamentally middle-aged."

But Kutcher has his work cut out for him with Sheen fans, who have already initiated the inevitable backlash. 

"Chemistry counts," wrote another commenter. "They had it with Charlie, and I don't see it with Ashton. ... Sorry to say it, but Charlie may be winning after all."

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Photo: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the season premiere of "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Danny Feld / Warner Bros.

Charlie Sheen roast gives Comedy Central hot ratings

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Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen sparked blazing hot ratings, becoming the highest-rated roast in the franchise's history.

The special drew 6.4 million total viewers, making it the most-watched Comedy Central roast ever. The second-highest rated roast was Jeff Foxworthy with 6.2 million, followed by Pamela Anderson with 4.3 million.

Sheen — or rather, the lack of Sheen — also propelled "Two and a Half Men" to its best performance Monday with its first episode without the actor, who was fired earlier this year after a highly publicized public meltdown. The return of the CBS comedy, which introduced Ashton Kutcher,  pulled in almost 29 million viewers, the best scripted-series premiere since 2005.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen on the hot seat at the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen." Photo credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.

Charlie Sheen: A roundup of his 'winning' apologies

Is Charlie Sheen's Warner Bros. settlement what prompted his apology tour?

Charlie Sheen is winning -- back the public, that is.

As the former "Two and a Half Men" star and Warner Bros. near a $25-million settlement, Sheen seems to be going on an apology tour that reeks of damage control and casts the onetime warlock in a tiger blood-free light. "The Tonight Show," "Today," the Emmy Awards, "The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" and Twitter were a few places hit with torpedoes of reparation.

The lessons: Sheen hit rock bottom when he was fired from "Two and a Half Men"; he thought he could return to the CBS show despite his behavior and lashing out at creator Chuck Lorre and costar Jon Cryer; he wishes the sitcom the best, along with its new star Ashton Kutcher; and he still doesn't really know what happened during the rampant media frenzy. Sheen also said he's seeing his kids a lot more, and he's "mending fences" with ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.

Is it too far-fetched to believe that the former "rock star from Mars'" public mea culpas were brought on by a humbled reaction to his roast? Or could they be part of the Warner Bros. settlement? (Is there a clause that says "Thou shalt apologize for your 'Sheenanigans'"?)

Whatever the reason, here's a roundup of the former Adonis DNA-clad actor's introspective appearances in which he put his infamous public outbursts to bed. The even-keeled interviews are a far cry from the one-on-one webcam sessions in "Sheen's Korner" that flooded the Internet last March. They also have people noticing his calm and apologetic demeanor rather than his erratic streams of consciousness.

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