The much-publicized exit of co-star Selma Blair from Charlie Sheen‘s FX series Anger Management has resulted in what Sheen told Jay Leno last night is “Anger Management 2.0” — which apparently means his character Charlie Goodson is now a little bit more like his old character Charlie Harper. “The problem was that people were still excited about the Two And a Half character and thinking the Anger Management character was a little…dull”, Sheen said in explaining the creative shake-up. “So, um, that is not the case anymore.” Blair left the series in June midway through its 100-episode order after she was “fired” by Sheen via a salty text message. Production continued as scheduled as the show was retooled.
Laura Bell Bundy has been cast in the new regular role on FX’s Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management. She succeeds Selma Blair, who was let go a couple of months ago. Bundy, who starts this week, will play Charlie’s new sex-study research partner, Dr. Jordan Denby, a brilliant psychologist whose recent divorce, fondness for alcohol and wild mood swings turn Charlie’s life into an emotional roller coaster. Bundy originated the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde – The Musical on Broadway, earning a 2007 Tony Award nomination for her performance.
Jason Shuman and his Blue Star Entertainment filed the original $50 million lawsuit in April 2012, alleging that Anger Management producer Joe Roth reneged on an agreement with the consultant for work he had done for Roth’s Revolution Studios on developing Anger Management into a TV series for FX. Roth later countersued, asking the court to declare that Shuman’s consultant agreement had been terminated. According to papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read here), Roth and Shuman reached a settlement. The terms were not released. A trial in LA Superior Court was scheduled for next April. Read More »
Charlie Goodson is getting a permanent nemesis. Brian Austin Green is joining the cast of Charlie Sheen‘s FX comedy Anger Management as a new regular. Green has been made a regular after a memorable guest stint as Charlie Goodson’s (Sheen) foil Sean. The character was introduced in the series’ first episode last year and recently was brought back for two more episodes from Anger Management‘s 90-episode back order. Green recently starred on the TBS dramedy The Wedding Band and recurred on the cult ABC comedy Happy Endings as Casey Wilson’s love interest. Green, also known for his stints on Desperate Housewives and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is repped by ICM Partners, Interlink Management and attorney Joel McKuin.
Meanwhile, Anger Management also is looking for a new female addition following the exit of co-star Selma Blair. Casting is underway for the new “sexy” role, which will likely be introduced on a recurring basis.
2ND UPDATE 6:10 PM: I’ve learned more details about Selma Blair‘s shocking dismissal from Anger Management. I hear Charlie Sheen “fired” her via text, in which he called the actress a “c–t”. And it was not the only abusive, expletives-filled text she had received from Sheen, who also serves as an executive producer on Anger Management. I also hear that Blair was not the only member of the show’s cast and crew that was frustrated by Sheen’s work habits as I hear they would often sit and wait for hours for him to show up for work. Although it was Blair voicing her concerns that got Sheen to flip out and get her sacked. I hear Blair’s role as Charlie’s therapist will not be recast. Probably not coincidentally, I hear the series just sent out a notice about a new female regular who is expected to fill the void left by Blair. The producers likely will use Blair’s exit for another creative makeover following the recent tweaking following Anger Management‘s sagging ratings. But, while the show took an unplanned hiatus for the recent creative retool, it is now expected to stay in production as scheduled, with the writers making changes prompted by Blair’s departure on the fly. Anger Management is roughly halfway through its 100-episode order from FX. As for Blair, word is that she is being paid per her contract and no legal action is in the cards, at least not for now.
UPDATETUESDAY 5:15 PM: What Charlie Sheen wants, he gets. After mounting a campaign to get his co-star on the FX comedy series Selma Blair fired over alleged comments questioning his work ethic, it’s mission accomplished for Sheen, who reportedly threatened to quit the show if Blair stayed. Anger Management producer Lionsgate just issued a statement, making Blair’s dismissal from the show official. “We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management, and we wish her the very best.”
PREVIOUS MONDAY PM: The producers of FX‘sAnger Management and reps for Selma Blair are hunkered down today trying to patch things up following a scathing TMZ report posted in the middle of the night that series star and executive producer Charlie Sheen was dead set on firing his co-star over alleged complaints about Sheen she had made to other Anger Management producers. There is no official word on Blair’s status on the show with everyone involved keeping mum, but in a recent tweet posted on the show’s first day back from a monthlong hiatus for creative tweaking in light of the recent ratings slump, Blair was more than complimentary of Sheen: “Thanks for a great day back @charliesheen. You looked pretty darn handsome.” Read More »
Production of the action movie is due to begin in August and the studio is in “advanced negotiations” with Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nic Cage and Milla Jovovich, LionsgateCEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning. In other production news, the exec says that four episodes of Anger Management will air on Fox in June. And Lionsgate has begun to shop a TV sitcom starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer. “Nearly every network will hear the pitch in the next few weeks, and we have a high degree of confidence” that it will be on the air next year, Feltheimer says. Execs also say that they believe they’ll find conventional TV outlets that will be willing to syndicate Orange Is The New Black. The studio is producing the action-comedy for Netflix, which plans to introduce it July 11. “It is uncharted territory” in a business where productions typically go from TV networks to digital, not the other way around, Lionsgate Television president Kevin Beggs says. Still, “these lines are blurring” and “we’re pretty confident about this reverse windowing.”
I hear actor Charlie Sheen has parted ways with longtime manager Mark Burg. It is unclear if the separation is permanent, but if the duo’s history is any indication, we shouldn’t bet on it. The two have had fallings-out before, most notably during Sheen’s epic spring 2011 meltdown, but they’ve reconciled. Even if Sheen is not a client of Burg’s anymore, the two remain business partners as they both serve as executive producers on Sheen’s FX comedy series Anger Management, which is 40 episodes into its 100-episode (10+90) order. I hear there were no signs of a Sheen-Burg separation on the set of the show this week, and Anger Management producers appeared unaware of any change in the duo’s relationship. Sheen performed his duties on the show until Friday when he left the set due to illness. He is slated to do The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday. Read More »
Lindsay Lohan signed on to guest star as herself in an upcoming episode of FX’s Anger Management slated to air in April, marking her first TV gig since her Elizabeth Taylor turn in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, In the episode, Lohan develops a romantic relationship with Sheen’s character after becoming his therapy patient. The casting reunites Lohan and Charlie Sheen, who also appear together in the upcoming Scary Movie 5, which also happens to debut in April. Lohan worked in the episode before heading to court-mandated rehab in May. Here’s a look from the set:
Charlie Sheen helped Lindsay Lohan pay off her IRS debt with a $100,000 check. Now the troubled actress will appear on his FX comedy series Anger Management. In her first TV gig since her universally panned starring turn in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, Lohan has signed on to guest star as herself in an upcoming episode of Anger Management slated to air in April. In the episode, Lohan develops a romantic relationship with Sheen’s character after becoming his therapy patient. The casting reunites the two actors, who also co-star together in the upcoming Scary Movie 5 (photo on right) and appears to be a publicity stunt for the film, which also debuts in April. Currently in production on a 90-episode back order, Anger Management, produced by Lionsgate TV and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, airs Thursdays at 9:30 PM.
Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy Anger Management last night returned for its 90-episode back order, which will run virtually uninterrupted over the next two years. In its premiere, the show drew 1.8 million total viewers and 903,000 adults 18-49 at 9 PM. A second original at 9:30 PM averaged 1.6 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49. That was way down from Anger Management‘s big series premiere last year (5.5 million, 2.7 million adults 18-49). It was also slightly down (mostly in total viewers) from the show’s first season finale, which drew 2 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49.
Anger Management boosted the fourth season premiere of animated comedyArcher (1.6 million viewers), which became the series’ second most watched episode ever behind the series premiere. It was Archer‘s top-rated episode in all key demos, including Adults 18-49 (1.28 Million), Men 18-49 (991,000), Adults 18-34 (882,000), and Men 18-34 (712,000).
But at 10:30 PM, comedy Legitmanaged only 650,000 total viewers and 461,000 adults 18-49 in its debut, shedding 60% of its Archer lead-in. Things looked better at 11 PM where the return of Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (331,000 total viewers and 261,000 Adults 18-49) was up 27% in 18-49 vs. the average for the show’s most recent seven-episode run.
Two years after his infamous meltdown that led to his firing from hit CBS comedy Two And A Half Men, Charlie Sheen was back on the broadcast network last night for a guest appearance on Late Show With David Letterman to promote his new series, FX’s Anger Management. Sheen had been away because of a ban imposed by CBS, Letterman noted. “It’s nice to be back in the CBS family, even as a foster child,” Sheen said, adding, “They’re nice until they fire you.”
Sheen got nostalgic, saying that he would like to appear on the final episode of Men. Reminded that his character was killed off, Sheen quipped: “I am dead. But so is the show.”
The interview once again dissected Sheen’s 2011 meltdown, or as Sheen called it “meltforward.” Asked whether cocaine was a factor, Sheen said, “Not during the meltdown” before adding, “During the previous 30 years, sure.”
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is the only one of what FX president John Landgraf called the “four cornerstones” of FX (The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck and Sunny) that is still on the air. The comedy has already been renewed for a ninth season, and it will likely won’t be the last. “There is a high likelihood for a 10th season,” Landgraf said during the FX portion of TCA this morning. “Whether it goes beyond that depends on whether the people who created the show want to go and whether the audience still wants to watch. But there will definitely be one more year, probably two.”
Landgraf also shed light on FX’s scheduling plans for the back 90 episodes of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management. “It will stay on the air with no interruption for two years, basically 45 episodes a year,” Landgraf said. That means that, save for major holidays and sports pre-emptions, there will be an original of Anger Management on Thursday night for two years, starting with the Season 2 premiere January 17. The biggest change made following the initial 10 episodes was the addition of Martin Sheen as Charlie Sheen’s father for a multi-generational dimension on the series. Read More »
Aeon Buys Out WB Stake In Japan Cinemas
Japanese retail giant Aeon Group will acquire Warner Bros Entertainment’s 50% stake in the Japanese theater circuit Warner Mycal, Film Business Asia reports. A major exhibitor in Japan with 60 theaters and 496 screens, Warner Mycal was launched in 1993 as a partnership of Warner and Aeon, which was known at the time as Mycal. Aeon’s purchase is expected to close in February or March. Aeon separately owns some 70 complexes with 600 screens. Bringing the Warner Mycal theaters under its wholly owned umbrella is expected to make Aeon the largest movie theatre operator in Japan. Current market leader is Toho Cinemas. Aeon did not disclose the value of Warner Mycal. Warner Bros International Cinemas has been a multiplex cinema pioneer, opening more than 170 theatres with almost 1,600 screens in 11 countries including Portugal, Japan, Holland, Italy, China, and Taiwan. Most have been sold to local companies. Read More »
FX announced today 2013 return dates for four series and a premiere date for the new series Legit. Justifiedwill be back on January 8 at 10 PM for its fourth season, with the rest of the series set to return January 17: Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management starts its back-90 run, launching with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 PM before settling into its regular 9:30 slot. Archer will make its Season 4 premiere at 10, and the recently reordered Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell will air at 11. Legit, the new comedy series starring Jim Jeffries that has a 13-episode order, will have its series premiere that night at 10:30 PM.
Anger Management scribe Bob Kushell has crossed the Atlantic to the UK for a new BBC Three sitcom set around the world of assisted suicide. Known for taking more risks than conservative stablemates BBC One and Two, the digital channel aimed at the 16-34 year-old demo has ordered a six-episode season of the 30-minute show Way To Go, about “three ordinary guys who find themselves forced by an extraordinary set of circumstances into setting up an assisted-suicide business”. Veteran comedy writer Kushell, whose writing credits Stateside include The Simpsons and Third Rock from the Sun, says he’s thrilled to follow in the footsteps of British comic giants like Monty Python, Black Adder and Fawlty Towers. “There has been no bigger thrill in my life than to have a show on the BBC.” The Inbetweeners‘ Blake Harrison will star alongside Ben Heathcote and Marc Wootton. Jon Plowman, the exec producer behind Absolutely Fabulous and Twenty Twelve, thinks the show deals with a difficult issue respectfully. “Working with a really great U.S. creator and a transatlantic writing team also brings us just a whiff of the way in which their shows find a different tone for mixing comedy, drama and death.”
On the heels of Charlie Sheen’s comedy Anger Managementgetting a back 90-episode order from FX, the series has been sold in broadcast syndication. The Fox Television Stations have picked up the sitcom for a September 2014 launch in a cash plus barter deal.
Anger Management is produced by Lionsgate Television, with its sibling Debmar-Mercury handling the syndication sales of the show. Debmar-Mercury is the company that introduced the 10-90 model (an initial 10-episode order followed by a 90-episode pickup if ratings targets are met) with Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne. That sitcom, which ran on TBS, also sold to the Fox TV Stations in broadcast syndication, mostly on the company’s duopoly stations. Anger Management will run on a mix of Fox O&Os and duopoly outlets. The stations that will carry Anger Management include WNYW FOX 5/WWOR My9 (New York), KTTV FOX 11/KCOP My13 (Los Angeles), WFLD FOX 32/WPWR My50 (Chicago), Read More »
UPDATED: Despite ending its 10-episode original run on a lower ratings note last week, Anger Management, the sitcom starring Charlie Sheen and created/executive produced by Bruce Helford, has landed a 90-episode order from FX. Overall, episodes 2-10 met a designated average ratings threshold, triggering an automatic, additional 90-episode order from the network, said Chuck Saftler, EVP of FX Networks. “We set a very high ratings bar that included some additional hurdles for Anger Management to earn its back-90 order and the series met and exceeded those metrics,” he said. “Bruce Helford has created a sitcom that works extremely well in our pre-10 PM programming lineup. Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first ten episodes, which were produced in a very tight window. I have no doubt that the producers and cast will be able to pull off the Herculean task of producing 90 episodes over the next two years.” According to FX, Anger Management is the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, averaging 4.53 million Total Viewers (cumed) and 2.5 million Adults 18-49. A month ago, FX president John Landgraf said at TCA that “the odds are overwhelming” for a pickup of the series, which had been authorized to start work on Season 2. There are about 8-10 scripts already ready to shoot.
The pickup represents a major victory for Lionsgate, which bet on Sheen when he was still reeling from the controversy surrounding his public meltdown and subsequent firing from Two And A Half Men that prompted many to brand him “unhireable.” With the company’s CEO Jon Feltheimer spearheading the project, Lionsgate bankrolled the first 10 episodes with the hope that a back order would follow. As recently announced, Sheen’s father, Martin Sheen will join the cast of Anger Management in a recurring role for the back 90 episodes, playing Martin Goodson, Charlie’s father. “Charlie Sheen is one of the great comedy superstars of our generation, Bruce Helford is an exceptional showrunner and FX has been a visionary partner who recognized the show’s tremendous potential from the outset,” said Kevin Beggs, President of the Lionsgate Television Group. Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury division will now proceed with selling the 100-episode series into off-network syndication starting in September 2014, co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said. Read More »
FX and Lionsgate brass had already indicated that a 90-episode renewal for Charlie Sheen’sAnger Management appears a foregone conclusion, but the comedy ended its original 10-episode run on a lower note. The season finale last night drew 1.976 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49. Those were the second lowest numbers for the series behind only its first airing against the London Olympics On August 2.
On July 28, FX president John Landgraf said at TCA that “the odds are overwhelming” for a pickup of the series, which had exceeded the threshold required for renewal in its first six episodes. (All episodes after the first two are counted towards the ratings average.) But then the Summer Olympics came along, and Anger Management took a major hit the week after Landgraf’s statement. It bounced back in the following two airings (one featured Sheen’s father who is set to recur on the back 90), but never to the pre-Olympics levels, and slid again last night. FX has a little more time until the final numbers for Anger Management‘s entire run come in to pull the trigger on a renewal, and while not very alarming (Anger Management still averages healthy 4.7 million viewers in Live+7), last night’s ratings are surprising and ought to give FX brass food for thought. (See tracker of Anger Management‘s Live+same day ratings for its 10-episode run below):
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Following CTV’s live coverage of the London Olympics’ closing ceremony, the Canadian network aired a sneak preview of Charlie Sheen’sAnger Management, which drew 2.9 million viewers to become the most-watched debut of any new series on Canadian television this broadcast year (September 2011 to date), posting the No.1 August series audience on record. But despite its big lead-in, Anger Management could not match last fall’s season premiere of Two And A Half Men introducing Sheen’s replacement on the show, Ashton Kutcher, which drew 5 million viewers on CTV. In adults 18-49, Anger Management‘s debut averaged 1.3 million viewers. In the U.S., Sheen’s new sitcom has had a solid 10-episode first-season run on FX and is nearing a 90-episode renewal.