Charlie Sheen promised that we hadn’t seen the last of him. The excitable, unpredictable former “Two and a Half Men” star has finally found a home for his new series, “Anger Management.” The show will start airing on FX next summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And in a truly Sheen-ian twist, his new program will be paired with reruns of “Men,” the show Sheen was booted from earlier this year after a ratings-bonanza eight-season run due to his erratic behavior .
The new show is based on the 2003 movie of the same name that starred Adam Sandler as Dave Buznik, a man wrongly sentenced to anger management classes after an incident on a plane. His issues are only exacerbated by his therapist, Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), who eggs Dave on to even more aggressive acts. Sheen will reportedly play the Nicholson role.
Three cable networks reportedly bid on the Sheen show, which will take the air alongside such edgy FX fare as the downbeat comedy “Louie” and the man-and-his-imaginary-talking-dog sitcom “Wilfred.” Sheen’s team will begin writing scripts and casting for the first 10 episodes right away, and if those initial shows do well, another 90 may be ordered.
Though Sheen famously clashed with Chuck Lorre, the veteran TV exec who ran “Men,” Chuck Lorre, he will be working with another long-timer on his new project, show runner Bruce Helford, who has logged time on “Roseanne,” “George Lopez” and “The Drew Carey Show.”
“We think that Bruce Helford, [producer] 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,” John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks, said in a statement announcing the deal on Thursday. ” ‘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 suffered a well-publicized hospitalization and brief return to rehab earlier this year and a subsequent jag of erratic, unhinged media appearances that resulted in his booting from “Men.” But he has settled down as of late, appearing at a Comedy Central roast in his honor and offering kind words for his “Men” successor, Ashton Kutcher .