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FX Orders 10 Episodes
Of Charlie Sheen Sitcom

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Charlie Sheen will be back on TV next summer.

FX just ordered 10 episodes of “Anger Management,” a sitcom loosely based on the 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson feature. Charlie Sheen will play the basic cable version of Nicholson’s therapist role. Bruce Helford, who gave us “The Drew Carey Show” and “George Lopez,” will serve as showrunner.

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Los Angeles, October 27, 2011 - Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.

FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg's production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions.

In success, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple Tyler Perry sitcoms and Revolution's and Ice Cube's Are We There Yet? The series will air exclusively on FX until the off-network episodes start airing in broadcast syndication in fall 2014.

"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," said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. "Two and a Half Men has been an outstanding component of FX's schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that Anger Management will soon be as well."

Sheen will retain a significant ownership stake in the series inspired by the film, in which an anger management therapist, who may need more counseling than his patients, wreaks havoc on the lives of his patients through his unconventional methods.

"I have been fortunate to work with Charlie Sheen on six hit films," said Roth. "Now to have Charlie, the number one comedy star on TV, doing Anger Management, feels like a perfect fit. And I could not be happier than being back at Fox with John Landgraf and Chuck Saftler."

"We were very gratified by the high level of interest in Anger Management from across the industry," commented Marcus and Bernstein. "Ultimately, we felt FX's track record for airing daring and distinctive shows would provide the perfect home for a sitcom headlined by one of the most successful sitcom stars of all time and produced by Joe Roth."

Beggs said, "The FX brand epitomizes creative excellence and risk-taking combined with entrepreneurial business acumen. Partnering with them on Anger Management is a no-brainer and we are thrilled to bring Charlie Sheen, Bruce Helford and this amazing creative team to the FX family of original series."

"Charlie and I are thrilled to be in business with FX and look forward to producing this series for years to come," said Burg.

Charlie Sheen, who has starred in more than 40 feature films, catapulted to fame in such critical and commercial hits as Platoon and Wall Street. His other feature film credits include Major League, Red Dawn, Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Eight Men Out, Young Guns, Hot Shots!, Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Three Musketeers, The Chase, Money Talks, Being John Malkovich, Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. He also appeared in the television movies Rated X and Good Advice.

Sheen became known to television audiences through his Golden Globe Award-winning lead role in Spin City. In 2003, Sheen was cast as Charlie Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which was loosely based on Sheen's bad boy image. The role garnered him an ALMA Award and four Emmy Award nominations, as well as two Golden Globe Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 2011, Sheen set a new Guinness World Record for Twitter as the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers," adding an average of 129,000 new followers per day.

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  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    What could possibly go wrong?

    by Tom

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Hear that???

    by JethroBodine

    That's the sound of the fuck that I'm giving.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by celebritydave

    Charlie is gonna end up a rich mofo! 100 episodes should net him 3-400 million over the years?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    is shaping up nicely. It's a mean, mean show.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    I wonder if FX and Direct TV will settle their shit by then?

    by Shermdawg

    They're flipping the switch next tuesday.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Can we have a World Series talkback ?

    by mjgtexas

    Quite possibly the greatest game ever as we speak.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    So, basically a 100 episode order?

    by ShelbKis

    I've never heard of a 10-90 order or anything close to this. Maybe a Tyler Perry show had this, but than it just changes to me not hearing this done by a relevant network for a somewhat relevant show. Is this a first? How is this happening when Community is week-to-week and Arrested Development got canned after 3 years, yet a Charlie Sheen project in this day and age is getting essentially a 100 episode order? Anyway, this show depends on the other lead casting. You need someone likable, but not huge. Someone who'd be will to be signed for one fucking hundred episodes of a basic cable TV show with ratings that could MAYBE get to 1.8 in the key demo. I can`t think of ANYONE off the top of my head.

  • That's why he's getting such a sweet deal.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    The FX brand epitomizes creative excellence and risk-taking...

    by TheManOfManySignals

    ...unless the show shuns cliches, builds drama and suspense with subtlety and doesn't rely on bodily functions and/or fluids for humor. I have no problem with dick and fart jokes and over the top melodrama. The League and Wilfrid are funny shows and, while not as good as The Shield, I enjoy SOA. My problem with FX is that they had a show like Terriers that was good and had the potential to be a great show and they cancelled it before giving it a chance to build an audience. Since the show did not have actors or characters that marketing campaigns could be built around and did not have storylines that could be summed up in 30 second trailers, they dropped it and moved on. .

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST


    by ShelbKis

    Unless he owns the network him getting that good of a deal makes no sense. Office, the only hit on NBC, gets 20ish episodes at a time. It's Always Sunny, the biggest hit in FX's history, got a 3 season deal, which is what... 66 episodes AT MOST? Lost got a 66 episode, give or take (I think it ended up being 68) order when it came to their order of 6 seasons after the crappy season 3 opener. The difference between Lost (one of the best drama ever) and It's always Sunny (one of the best comedys ever) and this show... THIS SHOW HAS NOT EVEN BEEN WRITTEN/FILMED/SHOWN yet!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    There is no doubt it'll get fuck up for the 100

    by ShelbKis

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    They would've put it in the deal if it wasn't...

    by ShelbKis

    Gonna happen. It's gonna happen. Without a doubt it was FX that was the only only one who agreed to 100 episodes. Again, Ièll say: The show depends on the younger guy who fills in the Sandler role.

  • Yeah.. this is gonna be worth peoples time. Fucker is aging faster then Wilford Brimley... even WITHOUT the dia-beat-us

  • The guy may be a violent drug addict who could go to prison or overdose at any moment......but at least he shows up to work on time and knows all of his lines, right?

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Just keep him away from hookers and ex wives

    by twogunjames

    And sharp objects, and motor vehicles, and hotel rooms. Don't let him near an open flame. Keep him away from alcohol, even rubbing alcohol for fucks sake. And Jewish people.

  • I don't watch much TV, but this show is friggen cool with all the odd-ball characters.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    So... is Charlie playing Nicholson or Sandler?

    by impossibledreamers

    If it's LOOSELY based on the film... is he one of their characters or does it really have NOTHING to do with the movie. And honestly how do you stretch out that concept unless he's playing Nicholson's counselor character?

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    remember when

    by fred

    Charlie Sheen could make you laugh out loud with just a simple deadpan stare at the camera. good times.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Shelby...yeah, it has to do with it being FX, too...

    by Bobo_Vision

    Where a network like CBS can afford to say "Fuck Charlie Sheen", and network like FX knows they've hit the jackpot by landing him, so if the show takes off they wanna lock him into a contract. Charlie's off-screen antics are basically free publicity that will drive the ratings up.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Still think his cameo

    by thefoggiest

    in Loaded Weapon 1 is one of the best cameos ever. "Got any smaller?" "No" "Got anything larger?" "Yeeeaaaahhhh"

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by Richard

    it clearly says he's playing Nicholson's role... I can see him as a younger version of the character. and they don't need a "Sandler" role for this. if it's to run for 100 episodes, he's obviously going to have new clients every week. obviously you'd have supporting cast of people like his assistant/secratary and what have you. plus maybe some recurring patients. it'd be cool to have Jack as Melvin from as Good as it Gets go to the Charlie version of Buddy Rydell. and maybe Bill Murray as Bob Wiley from What about Bob? Anger Management meets House... with Charlie Sheen. could be interesting.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    So it's basically The Bob Newhart show on acid

    by thelordofhell

    Time to make up a new drinking game

  • hmmm.. and at the 100th episode Charlie rolls over in bed next to Denise Richards

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I think the premise sounds interesting too

    by Bobo_Vision

    The interesting thing about the film is that in real life, Jack was known for his anger problems so there was something amusing seeing him as a therapist. The same goes for Charlie, also, there will be an amusing element about someone as crazy as Charlie treating crazy people. 2 and a Half Men was skewering Charlie's promiscuity. This can skewer his madness. Charlie's honesty and willingness to lay his demons out on the table for laughs plays to his strengths. That, and he has good comedic timing. <p> I'm not a fan of Men...but I see it's charm, and I could see this being successful too...but it won't eclipse Men when he was on it. Men with Kutcher is going to die a painful death because all the characters on that show other than Charlie were annoying as fuck. Theyve now replaced it's charismatic center with the annoying Kutcher. America is not THAT dumb.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Sheen's physical appearance on the last third of 2.5 Men last season

    by BoyNamedSue

    The man looked like he had aged 15-20 years in the span of less than a year before he got fired. Not as bad as Elvis' deterioration in the 70s (but even that took time), but Sheen still looked like a corpse.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by Embeedeuce

    It helps to read the article. ;) >Charlie Sheen will play the basic cable version of Nicholson’s therapist role.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen looks like a buzzard.

    by Tom

    I miss the nineties Charlie Sheen, the guy who made movies like Terminal Velocity and that one with the freaky-legged aliens in people-suits.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Okay... moving on...

    by John Baker

    Since I couldn't give LESS of a shit about Charlie Sheen, I'm gonna use this talkback to ask a question about It's Always Sunny. Shelbkis up there called it one of the best comedies ever. I've seen maybe 5 episodes of it and... Wow... What the FUCK do people see in that show? I've never seen a group of actors TRY so unbelievably HARD to be funny in my life. To me it was just people talking as loudly and annoying as possible over each other. I watched an entire episode a few weeks ago and laughed maybe twice. I can almost always find some worthwhile humor in damn near anything. I love the early Simpsons, all Futurama, Arrested Development, Venture Brothers, Monty Python, etc. etc. So I figure my sense of humor isn't broken. I'm asking SINCERELY... Have I just not given this show a chance? Does it take a while to get to know the characters like AD? Are there throwback jokes and references lost on me because I missed earlier episodes? Or is my first impression of it being unfunny shit right?