Considering the year Charlie Sheen’s been having, it’s actually pretty interesting that a production company’s ready to get into business with Sheen on a new TV series. But apparently Lionsgate Television is ready to put Sheen back to work in front of the camera with Anger Management, a new sitcom based very loosely on the 2003 feature film of the same name which starred Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler.
As anyone who turned on a TV or browsed the internet this year probably is aware, Sheen had a very public falling out with his Two and a Half Men bosses at CBS. Sheen proclaimed that he’s a warlock with tiger blood and Adonis DNA, and CBS proclaimed he wasn’t welcome back on the set of Two and a Half Men. A few months after Sheen and CBS parted ways, Ashton Kutcher was hired to take over as Jon Cryer’s Two and a Half Men co-star.
In the press release announcing Anger Management, Sheen said, “I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept. It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
Roth and Sheen previously worked together on Young Guns, Three Musketeers, and Major League.
From the press release:
“Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle Anger Management,” Roth said. “With Charlie’s incredible talent and comedic gifts, he remains the leading man of TV sitcoms. I’m excited to collaborate with him once again.”
“We always look for series ideas that are noisy, accessible and relevant,” said Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs. “Charlie Sheen in Anger Management takes those criteria to a whole new level and we are thrilled to be in business with him, Evolution, Debmar-Mercury and Revolution Studios on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With a star of Charlie’s magnitude, a producer as venerable as Joe Roth and a branded property as compelling as Anger Management, this show has unique upside while still adhering to our disciplined business model.”
Sheen will retain a significant ownership stake in the series inspired by the film, in which a mild-mannered, non-confrontational man is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself.
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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, Scary Movie 4 and The Big Bounce. 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 three Emmy Awards, 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. On March 10, 2011, Sheen announced a 22-date nationwide tour, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not An Option,” which kicked off in Detroit on April 2. The tour sold out in 18 minutes, a Ticketmaster record.
Source: Lionsgate Television – July 18, 2011