Category: FX

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.

'Justified' recap: Going home


For all of its labyrinthine plotting, clever dialogue and vivid characters, the thing that makes “Justified” work is its belief in family. It’s a theme the show has turned to many times throughout its three seasons, and it’s a theme the series will almost certainly turn to again. For all of the times these characters attempt to stand on their own, they’re inevitably drawn back to those who raised them or took them in. Yet that’s often where they’d least like to be.

Throughout the run of the show, “Justified” has been giving Raylan and Boyd the fathers they might have wished to have had as children. The marshal has Art, while the criminal has Arlo, Raylan’s father. It’s a texture always present in the show but rarely commented on that Boyd and Arlo are now closer than Raylan and Arlo, yet it’s that relationship that gives “Slaughterhouse,” the Season 3 finale, the emotional gut-punch it delivers.

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'Justified' recap: Meaning in the chaos

In the next-to-last 'Justified' episode of the season, plot threads finally start to get tied off
"Coalition," the next-to-last episode of this season of "Justified," is a heist movie without the heist. Sure, lots of characters talk about robbing $3 million that's just sitting in a vault in a bank that's apparently easy to rob. But all of that turns out to be a bunch of setups piled on top of other setups. No banks are broken into. No money is robbed. There are the requisite double-crosses and characters stabbing each other in the back, but we don't see any insane plan to break into the safety deposit room and break open the box containing the millions.

It's still awesome, nonetheless.

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Chris Rock returns to late night with new FX comedy series

Chris Rock is reentering the late-night arena with a new FX series featuring W. Kamau Bell
Chris Rock, who used to have a late-night series on HBO, steps back into that arena with a new FX series that will feature comedian W. Kamau Bell.

Rock is to be executive producer for the "Untitled Chris Rock/W. Kamau Bell Late Night Show," which is scheduled to premiere this summer on the cable network with six installments. Plans call for the weekly half-hour series to feature Bell dissecting pop culture, race, politics, religion, the media and sex.

Bell is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine and has a popular comedy album, "Face Full of Flour."

FX executive vice president of original programming Nick Grad called Kamau "a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life. Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents."


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'Justified' recap: Complications ensue

"Justified": Art (Nick Searcy) insists on tagging along with Raylan for Raylan's own safety

In the end, I don’t think I ever would have predicted it would all come down to Dickie Bennett’s money on "Justified."

Yeah, the Bennett fortune — over $3 million, though Limehouse insists it’s only a little over $46,000 — has hovered on the edges of the story this season, but it’s never commanded center stage like, say, Quarles’ schemes to take over the Harlan Oxy operation or Boyd’s attempts to overthrow the local power structure. Instead, the show brought it up initially as a way to introduce us to Limehouse, then seemed to mostly forget about it, until it came roaring back in last week’s episode. And in Tuesday night’s episode, it turns out that massive chunk of change is going to be what unites a whole bunch of unlikely folks to take down Limehouse. With Quarles out of the picture — though only for now — this is an interesting twist to take, and it once again centers Jeremy Davies’ great, sad, soulful work as Dickie, the last Bennett alive and maybe the one least well-equipped to deal with what he has to do.

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'Justified' recap: The origin story of Quarles

In the most recent episode of "Justified," Raylan and Quarles have a showdown in a very busy, very fun hour
I've said week after week here that this season of "Justified" -- while brilliant on an episode-by-episode level -- has been a little convoluted and messy at the level of the season-long plot.

At the same time, though, that's an easy problem to fix. If the show pulls out an all-time great season finale in a few weeks, then we'll forget about how all of the pieces didn't make as much sense together as they might have in the buildup to that finale.

In the meantime, though, watching every episode scramble to fit in Limehouse and Quarles and Boyd and the case of the week and Raylan's domestic dramas and the marshal's office has sometimes led to elements feeling shortchanged. (In particular, Tim and Rachel have had very little to do this season.) When the show would bring in another long-running plot, like, say, the strange tale of Dickie Bennett, that would lead to even more convoluted attempts to keep everything running.

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'Justified' recap: Ava takes charge

"Justified's" Walton Goggins

If nothing else, “Justified” has a fine appreciation for the sorts of rusted-out ways that one might die in an old, abandoned junkyard. When Tanner dies because the chair he stands on to get at an old man’s stash triggers a land mine, there’s an eerie justice to it. The man who blew up the sheriff’s car last week (granted, at the sheriff’s behest) now finds himself about to be blown up, thanks to blundering right into somebody else’s trap. And when Limehouse’s right-hand man shoots the old man, leaving Tanner stranded on that chair, because that’s the best way to clear up this particular loose end, well, there’s something about it that makes a lot of sense.

I like that “Justified” is never satisfied with just having people die from getting shot. Oh, sure, there’s plenty of that, but the criminals and other bottom-feeders on this show are always more clever than that. A land mine here, an icepick through the hand there, and you’ve got the sorts of folks who make Harlan such a colorful place.

Of course, sometimes, a shotgun blast through the torso will do the trick just as readily, as Delroy finds out when he comes to take back the prostitute who turned to Ava for protection. Just staying alive in Harlan requires all the cleverness anyone -- even someone as clever as Boyd Crowder or Limehouse -- can muster. Is it any wonder that death has just as many contortions?

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'Justified' recap: The framing of Raylan Givens

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea) on "Justified."

I think I say this every time we have an episode of “Justified” this good, but this show is at its best when it’s backing its characters into corners and seeing what happens.

Tuesday night's installment is all about Raylan Givens getting backed into two separate corners at once, then having to figure out a way out of them, with a little assist from Art, Tim and Winona. It is, in many ways, like last season’s episode in which Raylan had to replace the stolen money so Winona wouldn’t be arrested, but it’s even better, because this one grows out of everything that’s happened this season so far, and it takes things in the war with Quarles to a new and interesting place. It's nice that one of the season's best episodes hits on the same day the show was renewed for Season 4.

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Zachary Quinto back in 'American Horror Story' as series regular

Zachary Quinto joins 'American Horror Story' as series regular

Zachary Quinto will join FX's "American Horror Story" as a series regular next season, the network confirmed Friday.

Quinto appeared as a guest star in a four-episode arc during the first season of the horror fest brought to us by the masterminds behind Fox's "Glee" and "Nip/Tuck," Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. The "Star Trek" star will appear as one of the male leads on the show.

Quinto joins Season 1 vet Jessica Lange, who has also been confirmed as returning for the show's sophomore outing; in the first season, she played the creepy, sinister neighbor Constance, for which she earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. Rumor has it Quinto will be a nemesis for Lange's new character.


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Photo: Zachary Quinto in Los Angeles last October. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

'Justified' recap: Pieces on a board

Jst_307_0255A couple of weeks ago, I complained a bit that this season was pushing Raylan Givens off to the side too much. It wasn’t a big deal. This is still one of my favorite shows. But I hoped things would get slightly back to basics. But now that we’re starting to settle into an elaborate dance where Quarles, Raylan, Boyd, and Limehouse (all representing different interests) are jockeying for position and trying to get under one another’s skins, the big picture of the season is starting to become clearer, and those early episodes are starting to feel more necessary. For this season to work, we’ve got to forget how good Raylan is at everything. Heck, he’s got to forget just a little bit. Now that he’s reeling in the wake of losing Winona, the guy’s primed to seem like he’s out of it right before he has a big, inevitable comeback.

Tuesday night’s episode featured more than enough Raylan, including scenes where he fought the impression that he was a dirty marshal, bought off by Boyd; refused to deal with the fact that his father appears to be sinking into dementia; and soured his relationship with Tim by pushing his fellow marshal to get information from the FBI that landed everybody in hot water. (It was great fun to see character actor Stephen Tobolowsky turn up as the FBI agent who wants Raylan out of the bureau’s business.) But this episode also nailed down just what’s up with Quarles, the mysterious man who’s been tugging so many strings this season, for reasons not yet clear. We understand roughly what his plan with the Oxy is, and we get why he’s using Harlan as his base of operations, but we don’t yet have a motivation for what he’s doing, not like we did with Mags last season.

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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.

Will you watch Sheen's new show?


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Creative Minds: 'Justified' showrunner Graham Yost

Timothy Olyphant, Graham Yost, Walton Goggins
“Justified” executive producer Graham Yost talks about his Nickelodeon days, adapting Elmore Leonard for TV and the fear of repetition.

Everyone has a different path to becoming a show runner. How did you end up wrangling the folks on “Justified”?

I started out in television working for Nickelodeon. And then I worked on some half-hour comedies. I got into some features with “Speed.” Then I got back into television with [HBO miniseries] “From the Earth to the Moon.” My TV agent would ask me every year if I had anything to pitch. In 2001, right before Sept. 11, I said, “Yeah, I do.” I pitched “Boomtown,” and that sold, and because of my experience as a producer on “Earth to the Moon” and because of “Speed,” they just let me run that show. So I didn’t go up the ladder like most people do in this business.

Which Nickelodeon show did you start on?

“Hey Dude.” I always say that that show was writing boot camp. I mean, we were doing the episodes for like $1.98. You have to try things. Let’s see what it’s like for a bickering male-female couple to get handcuffed together and they can’t find the key. It was all goofy stuff, but we got to rewrite the classics....

And I’m sure these are the kind of shows you require the “Justified” writers to watch, yes?

Yes. All the writers come in and I say, “Don’t read the Elmore Leonard books. Just watch ‘Hey Dude.’”

Let’s talk about adapting Leonard’s “Fire in the Hole” for TV.

I felt with Elmore that the really successful adaptations in the past — Scott Frank with “Out of Sight” and “Get Shorty” and Quentin Tarantino with “Jackie Brown” — that they really stayed close to Elmore and they didn’t try to reinvent it. I took that as my guiding principle when I was adapting “Fire in the Hole.” My thing was, let’s use as much Elmore as we can because the guy is just a brilliant dialogue writer and a great structuralist. He constructs a great story. Although, if you ask him, he has no idea where he’s going when he starts. We don’t really have that luxury in television. We have to outline the story. Elmore doesn’t outline.

Anyway, it was really just a matter of trying to stay true to him, his vision. We try to remind ourselves every day, every episode, every scene: “Is this something Elmore would write? Is this something Elmore would like?”

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