Hercules Can’t Be Bothered
To Rage Against FX’s Tired, Terrible New Charlie Sheen Sitcom ANGER MANAGEMENT!!
FX’s feeble new laughtrack sitcom from Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Freddie,” “George Lopez”), “Anger Management” casts Charlie Sheen as an anger management specialist.
Early reports suggested Sheen would assume the role played by Jack Nicholson in the 2003 Adam Sandler movie of the same name. But Nicholson played Dr. Buddy Rydell. Sheen plays an ex-ballplayer-turned psychologist named Charlie Goodson. There appears to be no character named Dave Buznik. The sitcom does not now appear to have anything to do with the movie beyond a shared title.
Charlie runs therapy groups. One of his patients is played by Barry Corbin (“Northern Exposure”). Michael Boatman (who worked with Sheen on “Spin City”) plays his neighbor, Brett Butler (“Grace Under Fire”) plays his favorite bartender, Shawnee Smith (“Becker”) plays his ex-wife and Selma Blair (“Hellboy”) plays the fellow psychologist he likes to bone.
Is it at least as funny as “Two and a Half Men,” Sheen’s last sitcom? From what I’ve seen of both, my vote is it is not.
I laughed not once during the first two “Anger” episodes; it’s one of those awful shows that’s silly without being funny -- the silliest component being Goodson’s decision to stop having sex with the Selma Blair character so he can become her patient.
In fact, nothing in this series is one tenth as funny as Sheen’s DirecTV ad:
... The pilot's not especially funny, but it would fit comfortably alongside half the CBS comedy lineup (assuming CBS would ever employ Sheen again), just as it would have been a comfortable fit next to "Drew Carey" or "The Norm Show" or any of Helford's other series --- “Anger Management” is Charlie Sheen doing what Charlie Sheen does — on-screen. It's not artful, it's not elegant, and it makes a very weird lead-in to the "Wilfred"/"Louie" double feature in the 10 o'clock hour, but it will likely give his fans what they want. …
... this repulsive show will no doubt go a long way toward solidifying Sheen's image as a harmless party boy (an image that the media is all too willing to go along with), and erase the image of Sheen as a man who has repeatedly been accused of being violent toward women. Yet despite the careful attention to image enhancement possibilities, the core ugliness and toxic narcissism of "Anger Management" are impossible to ignore. …
... is at heart a simple, old-fashioned sitcom, with raucous recorded laughter and predictable one-liners. …
… I found it about as funny as I found Sheen's last series, which is to say not that funny, though I can see that some will. …
... a so-so sitcom peppered with equal parts funny lines and groaners. …
... This is all fairly predictable stuff and makes for a show that you'd watch because of the cast but would never put in the top tier of TV shows or talk about the next day at the office. A show something like "Two and a Half Men," as a matter of fact. …
... Turns out it was all part of an elaborate personal journey from one mediocre sitcom to a slightly less mediocre one… Nothing in “Anger Management” is all bad, but not much of it is better than half-good. …
... obvious, minimally funny new sitcom …
... just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there … Unless you’re a Sheen loyalist, there is no light at the end of the “Anger Management” tunnel, it’s only a train. We recommend getting out of the way.
It's as if Charlie Sheen never left TV. And no, that's not a compliment. … And you can't complain if the show funnels a larger audience to Wilfred and Louie. The proximity just isn't doing any favors for Anger Management, which looks even more old-school and clunky than it otherwise might in comparison.
... For his part, Sheen proves why he’s bankable. No matter what happens in his personal life, he nails his lines, uses his face and physical nature to make punch lines funnier than they might be, and commands a multicamera sitcom better than pretty much everybody in the business. It also would be needlessly high-brow (and inaccurate) to say that Anger Management doesn’t have a string of funny jokes scattered throughout. But they are variations on what you’ve heard a million times and are, at the core, fairly predictable. That might be ratings gold on a broadcast network, but the guess here is that people search out comedies like House of Lies on Showtime or Girls on HBO because they want something different.…
... To their credit, Sheen, the talented cast and seasoned writers know how to make it all look slick and polished, even if there's nary an original bone in its body -- down to the audience's excessively boisterous laughter. …
9 p.m. Thursday. FX.
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June 28, 2012, 5:46 a.m. CST
An insult to Sunny, Louie, and the talking dog.
June 28, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST
in relation to his state of mind do all of his characters have to be called Charlie?
June 28, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST
by rakesh patel
whatever happened to her?
June 28, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST
and it's identical in shittiness to Chuck Lorre's 2.5 assholes and big bang theory. If no one told you, you would swear he created this garbage too. I have no idea why it's even on fx as it's very lame and milquetoast.
June 28, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST
...movies again!. How's about 'The Rookie 2' with Clint Eastwood?
June 28, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST
June 28, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST
June 28, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST
Megan Fox gotta eat!
June 28, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST
Next paragraph: "Charlie runs therapy groups. " Doesn't that make at least one thing it shares with the movie beyond the title? Want to see a current show about therapy that's actually funny? Check out the CBC's "Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays" (don't think the first season is on DVD yet, but keep it in mind for when it is).
June 28, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST
I don't know about a Charlie Sheen show. Never had any plans to watch it. But NORM SHOW was GREAT. ABC screwed that up. But it's hard to believe ABC hasn't been cancelled yet. hee hee.
June 28, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST
I love how Huffpost trashes Sheen for violence against women at the same time they're posting fluff pieces about misogynist pornstar creep, James Deen
Along with their pretense of feminism while every other article is about a nipslip or a sideboob shot of a female celebrity.
June 28, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST
I guess FX needed a ready-for-primetime sitcom, since their successful lineup (Louie, Archer, Sunny, etc.) is outside the box as their motto (There Is No Box) implies.
I doubt if anyone who watches FX on a regular basis could care less about "Charlie Sheen sitcom Take 3". Bet it doesn't keep the numbers up for the full 10 episode run.
June 28, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST
My buddy Bruce Helford is laughing all the way to the bank (again) along with Charlie....
June 28, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST
remember his fashion line of #winning t-shirts? lol. fx should fire his ass and broadcast the consequences. ratings gold.
June 28, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST
Special Guest Star Steve Buscemi as Mr. Furley.
June 28, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST
I understand Megan Fox was a 90210 fan but why did she end up with the least attractive dude on the show?
Even cheesy Steve, Ian Zeiring, would be a step up.
June 28, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST
Actually, I think the last thing I saw him in was "Domino" - he was the guy standing next to Brian Austin Green.
June 28, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST
June 28, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST
June 28, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST
Whether this show sucks or not, the premiere may set records for a cable network sitcom. There is a serious rubber necking on the highway to check out the car wreck aspect to the premiere tonight. FX's deal requires them to sign up for 90 more episodes if this show hits a certain rating. FX better have not made it based solely on the first episode or they might be stuck with five years of crap and mediocre ratings. I will probably watch this show for the curiosity factor, but this show has utter crap written all over it. Charlie Sheen playing a parodied version of himself is getting a little old especially since the real life Charlie Sheen IS A PARODIED VERSION OF HIMSELF.
June 28, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST
Charlie Sheen's antics and surge of fame are, literally, "so last year". If this had premiered a year ago, or even in the Fall (alongside the Sheen-Free 2.5 Men), I think it would have done "boffo ratings". However now, over a year since Charlie's less-than-impressive (in every way) live tour, he's more of a footnote than a fascination. On the other hand, to get "boffo ratings", by FX standards, the show probably doesn't need that many lookie-loos. What would be impressive in terms of ratings for FX? 1.2? 1.0? 0.5?
June 28, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
I think there will be an audience to at least check out the first episode or so. Based on the couple of actual show clips I've seen, they have the laugh track cranked up WAY too loud (HA HA HA) and the lighting and direction is crap.
June 28, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST
I think you are going to be wrong. I expect it to be just like the Ashton Kutcher version of 2 1/2 Men. Kutcher's first episode was one the highest rated of the show's run, but by the end of the season the ratings were lower than ever. There is a curiosity factor with these things. But then again, the first episode of America's Got Talent with Howard Stern didn't do anything special ratings wise. Granted Stern hasn't been all that relevant since he left terrestrial radio.
June 28, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST
Youtube that bitch.
June 28, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST
and if the premiere gets at least 2.5 million viewers it gets 5 seasons of 13 episodes which is 65 total. Math that shit out and he makes sick bank with 16 million and 250k at the end of it's run.
June 29, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST
June 29, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
dry, predictable, tries really hard and tons of personal problems, basically a mentally ill, perma-friend loser getting paid to pretend people like him. great.
June 29, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
June 29, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST
i watched the premiere for the hell of it and it was worse than I could ever imagine. Makes me think that maybe Jon Cryer is the true comedic talent on 2 1/2 men.
June 29, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST
So not only are they trying to refurbish Charlie's reputation but Brett Butler's too?
June 29, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST
Wouldn't be the first time. I do agree that the first episode or two will get the highest ratings. Doesn't sound like the show has much to offer beyond the curiosity factor.
June 29, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST
Which is longer than I thought I would last.
June 29, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST
From TVbytheNumbers: "Last night’s series debut of Anger Management (9P) was the most-watched scripted comedy primetime series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children’s programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers. Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30P) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49." http://tinyurl.com/7f4uray
June 29, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST
the only reason I was disappointed was because it was on FX...felt like your average thursday night CBS sitcom...they need to give it some edge, but yeah, it's basically like every sitcom on TV I don't watch which means it'll probably do amazing ratings...but I can't spew venom at it...it is what it is...not my cup of tea
June 29, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST
And I'm still wating to act out scenes from platoon with Charlie Sheen. That would awesome.
June 29, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST
June 29, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST
It's not the kind of comedy I watch. I had just assumed it'd not be a traditional sitcom, being on FX. I was expecting it to be more single camera. Like say, Californication or something. That's my fault for just assuming that. I actually laughed. I was a bit drunk though. Will I watch again.. eh while there's so few other shows on. I may just to fill in time. It seemed funnier than two and a half men. Although I honestly have no idea if I ever watched an episode of that.
June 30, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST
im a bit confused at the revelation of the mother of louies children being african american... maybe i overlooked something/missed an episode from last season, but as i recall his two daughters were white as can be.. can someone please explain this to me? thank you much in advance for your help..
June 30, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST
I think it's called pandering. That or using someone's race for shock value. I had thought Louie C.K. to be above such things, after all it is the 21st century. Maybe his ex in real life was black and since he uses that for inspiration it just followed as logical.
July 2, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST
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