Charlie Sheen gets his "Anger Management" on TV show
He's "winning" -- again. Charlie Sheen, who had a spectacular fall from TV grace on his former sitcom...
He's "winning" -- again.
Charlie Sheen, who had a
spectacular fall from TV grace on his former sitcom "Two and a Half
Men," confirmed on Monday reports that he will return to television in a
new comedy, "Anger Management," based on the 2003 movie of the same
The film starred Adam Sandler
as a man who is forced into anger management counselling only to meet
an instructor (Jack Nicholson), who is more than a bit angry himself.
Sheen will take the Sandler role in the TV show and retain an ownership
stake in the series, the producers said in a statement.
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's a
great concept," Sheen said.
had been TV's highest paid actor for his role as Charlie Harper, a
boozing womanising bachelor on No. 1-rated comedy "Two and a Half-Men."
But earlier this year he was fired by its makers and CBS, the network
that aired the show, after he lashed out in public rants at "Men"
creator Chuck Lorre.
firing followed a series of incidents in late 2009 and 2010 that landed
him in legal trouble and in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse.
he was kicked off "Men" in March this year, Sheen began a posting
videos and making statements on Twitter to his fans in which he
characterized his detractors as losers and touted his "winning" ways. He
also embarked on a one-man, live stage show -- his "Violent Torpedo of
Truth" comedy tour -- which met with mixed results in various cities.
May, CBS and the "Men" hired Ashton Kutcher to replace Sheen, and since
then, speculation has mounted about Sheen's future. Reports surfaced
recently on celebrity news websites that he reached a deal to work on
the "Anger Management" TV show, and Monday's announcement from Sheen and
the show's producers, Lionsgate Television," confirmed those reports.
better than Charlie Sheen to tackle Anger Management," said Joe Roth,
who heads up Revolution Studios, which produced the movie and backed the
TV show. "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."
Sheen and Roth had worked together on previous films including "Major League" and "Young Guns."
The actor said the new deal gives him "real ownership" in the series and "a certain amount of creative control."
"Anger Management" does not yet have a U.S. network. It will be syndicated by Lionsgate unit, Debmar-Mercury.