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Charlie Sheen invaded TCA this morning for FX‘s presentation for TCA, hyping his new long-run comedy Anger Management and looking appropriately ready for the weekend in shorts, sockless black shoes and button shirt. He said that what he’s doing now is more fun than being loaded and fighting with Chuck Lorre, and that it’s great to be back living life and working again. When asked how his life is different now, his costar Selma Blair took that as her cue to place his hand on her belly and say, “We have an announcement.” Recovering from that, Sheen said, “It was a crazy time, like a crazy dream, a runaway train I couldn’t get off of. I learned a lot from that time.” What did he learn? “Don’t go on the road for 31 days in 23 cities with no act.” But ultimately, Sheen understands that chaos may simply be his fate. “I can wish every minute for a very simple life … But I don’t look at what (happens in my life) as chaos but challenges,” he stresses. “Things have to be dealt with in the moment. My interpretation of fun is not always the right choice.”
Personal issues aside, Sheen said he’s having a great time on Anger Management, so much so that he’s looking forward to getting renewed for the back 90. “I feel like we’ve just scratched the surface, barely” in terms of material, he said. Read More »
UPDATED: Martin Sheen has closed a deal to play son Charlie Sheen‘s father on Sheen’s FX comedy series Anger Management for the show’s 90-episode back order. FX has not pulled the trigger on the 90-episode pickup yet and doesn’t plan to make a decision until all 10 episodes of its initial order have aired, but Landgraf admitted that that was very likely. Through 6 episodes, the series has exceeded the threshold required for renewal. (All episodes after the first two are counted toward the ratings average.) “Up until now, it has given us every indication that it will earn that 90‑episode season order … the odds are overwhelming”, Landgraf said. Anger Management ranks as the No. 1 scripted comedy in cable, averaging 13.8 million total viewers and 7.1 million adults 18-49 per week.
Work on additional episodes of Anger Management is already well underway. FX has authorized writers on the show to go back to work. According to creator/showrunner Bruce Helford, they have already broken out 18 episodes and have four completed scripts. By the time FX makes its pickup decision, there will be 8-10 scripts ready to shoot, Helford estimates. Production on the show will go in blocks: 11 weeks for writing then 11 weeks for shooting and so forth, with occasional two-week breaks as the series plans to largely stay in continuous production in order … Read More »
FX‘s Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management in its fourth week managed to stem its ratings slide the previous two weeks from its impressive dual-episode debut. Last night’s episode delivered 2.65 million total viewers, an increase of 9% over week 3′s 2.42 million. In the key 18-49 demo Episode 5 posted a 13% increase to 1.42 million over the previous week’s 1.25 million. Anger Management posted week-to-week growth across the board, with Top 5 time period ranks in most key demos and total viewers. Anger Management also was among the top 5 primetime shows in basic cable last night, ranking fourth in the 25-54 demo and fifth in 18-49. For the five telecasts to date (live plus same day) the show ranks as cable’s most-watched primetime scripted comedy series in 18-49 and in total viewers. The show also continued to build this week on its repeat Anger Management episode lead-in with a 60% increase in 18-49, a solid boost from the two-week prior increases of 51% and 58%.
Last night’s episode of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Managementdropped significantly from its debut week on FX. Thursday’s 9:30 PM episode of Anger was down 35% in Adults 18-49. The former Two And A Half Men star’s new show’s third episode also dropped 38% in total viewers from last week’s double episode premiere. Thursday night’s Anger Management had 1.71 million viewers in the 18-49 demo as opposed to last week’s 2.65 million. In total viewers, the show pulled in 3.37 million in contrast to last week’s 5.47 million. On the upside, those are still very healthy numbers for cable and the new episode rose 44% in adults 18-49 and 55% in total viewers from its encore 9 PM lead-in. With all the hype and promotion around Anger Management’s debut it was inevitable the numbers would drop. The question is, when will they stabilize? For Anger Management that’s a question with a potential deadline. The series,produced by Lionsgate Television in conjunction with Revolution Studios, Evolution Entertainment, Mohawk Productions and Estevez Sheen Productions, has a 10-90 deal with FX. The network made a 10-episode initial order. If the show hits certain ratings targets, FX will make a 90-episode renewal that takes Anger Management to broadcast syndication levels.
Comedy Central UK has acquired exclusive British broadcast rights to the Charlie Sheen-starring series Anger Management. The news comes a week after the series’s U.S. premiere on FX drew 5.47 million viewers, becoming cable’s most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. The deal was reached with Lionsgate International, which is selling the show overseas and already has made deals in Canada, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand and Poland. It is one of two shows announced for the fall on Comedy Central UK, which already airs Sheen’s former series Two And A Half Men and fellow U.S. shows 30 Rock, South Park, The Office, Friends and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Anger Management is produced by Lionsgate Television in conjunction with Revolution Studios, Evolution Entertainment, Mohawk Productions and Estevez Sheen Productions.
After a big marketing blitz, Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management opened with 5.47 million viewers and 2.65 million adults 18-49 (2.1 rating) at 9 PM last night on FX. While that was far from the numbers Sheen used to pull in on Two And A Half Men, it was a very strong cable performance. Anger Management ranked as cable’s most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in total viewers and 18-49, eclipsing Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne on TBS, which opened with a 5.2 million. Like House Of Payne, which grew to 5.8 million for the second episode of its two-episode premiere, Anger Management gained too, averaging 5.74 million total viewers and 2.89 million adults 18-49s for its 9:30 PM episode. House Of Payne was the first sitcom produced under the 10-90 model employed by Anger Management, which includes a 10-episode initial order by a cable network, followed by a substantial (as many as 90 episodes) renewal that takes the series to broadcast syndication levels. Given the fact that House of Payne went on to produce 264 episodes, Anger Management‘s ratings start is promising for the series’ prospects. Distributor Debmar-Mercury already has been running ads for the show, which is expected to be taken to the station market immediately after its 10-episode run on FX ends. If the ratings levels hold, FX also is expected to move with a pickup quickly.
Charlie Sheen is picking his 24 favorite episodes of Two And A Half Men to air as a 12-hour FX marathon June 28. That leads into the network’s premiere of Sheen’s new series Anger Management, which will air back-to-back episodes immediately after at 9 PM and 9:30. The best part of today’s announcement though is the addition of Sheen’s surprisingly reflective musings on the show he left after his very public meltdown and falling-out with co-creator Chuck Lorre:
I’ve said, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Being tasked with the opportunity of picking my favorite 24 episodes presented a scenario that was quite the opposite. As I culled through the mass of shows, eight-plus years, I was met with a theme of innocence.
I felt lighter, younger. I could still hear the jokes, and the stories we all told in place of rehearsals. I can still see nine-year-old Angus riding his Razor up and down the camera aisle; his self-appointed surrogate guardian Chuck Lorre watching with pride and also concern. I can hear the echoes of Jon’s genius, Conchata’s laugh, Holland’s leadership and Marin’s quiet grace. And the crew, the amazing crew.
These are the memories that I take from this epic time. Not necessarily the work, but the experiences, the friendships created instantly and over time. I hope viewers share a similar feeling or two and a lot of laughs when they tune in. Who cares how it ended; when it was good, it was great. We were in the middle of something big, the return of the sitcom. We were hungry and we were winning.
Charlie Sheen announced today that he’s returning to the big screen. The Wall Street star has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills as the President of the United States. While it’s not a big role in the sequel to 2010′s Machete, both Sheen and the director announced the casting on their respective Twitter pages. “I just cast Charlie Sheen in #machetekills as the President of the United States! Who better? More soon..” Rodriguez tweeted this afternoon and posted a photo of himself and Sheen. “My fellow Americans,” said Sheen in presidential mode as he retweeted Rodriguez’s post. Fellow Hollywood hellraiser Mel Gibson had also been cast in Machete Kills. In the sequel, Machete, played again by Danny Trejo, is drafted by the U.S. government to track an arms dealer through Mexico before he launches a weapon from space. While he has mainly stuck to TV with Spin City,Two and a Half Men and the upcoming Anger Management in recent years, Sheen has made a a series of cameos in movies like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, where he briefly appeared uncredited as his Bud Fox character from the 1987 original. Sheen also appeared, as Men‘s Charlie Harper in 2011′s Due Date. Sheen’s new Anger Management series premieres on FX on June 28. Machete Kills is expected to be released in 2013.
Last year, the revamped Two And a Half Men with new leading man Ashton Kutcher was the most anticipated premiere of the fall. Now Anger Management, FX’s upcoming comedy starring fired Two And a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, is the highest-tracking new series of the summer among adults 18-49. The two premieres have something else in common — most of their contents have been kept under wraps until the actual broadcast. The Two And a Half Men campaign ran under the “All Will Be Revealed” slogan and didn’t feature any footage from the season premiere. Anger Management is employing a similar strategy, relying on conceptual trailers, like the big-budget Train Wreck one, instead of actual clips from the show. Two weeks before the June 28 debut, FX had rolled out on-air only 3-4 trailers cut from episodes of the series, each of them featuring 10-15 seconds of material, mostly one-liners of Sheen’s character. Of those trailers, only one was available online on the FX site. In the past couple of days, the network has put out the remaining of eight such teasers planned in the campaign. (You can watch one of them below) Compare that to the 3+min trailers the broadcast networks put out for their new series for next season.
The similarity to the pre-launch strategy of post-Charlie Sheen Two And a Half Men was not intentional, FX’s EVP of marketing and on-air promotion Stephanie Gibbons said. “That’s … Read More »
Anger Management producer Joe Roth’s countersuit today in the $50 million lawsuit over the upcoming FX series has “no merit,” says Bryan Freedman, lawyer for plaintiff Jason Shuman. Roth’s action today (read the suit here) was a response to the multimillion-dollar complaint Shuman and his Blue Star Entertainment filed April 18, which alleges that 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. Roth wants the court to declare that Shuman’s consultant agreement with Revolution, which was entered into on August 12, 2008, was terminated on January 24, 2012. “The termination letter itself is completely disingenuous,” said Freedman, who also represents Deadline and its parent company PMC. “It seeks to end my clients’ involvement in the television series Anger Management as developed by Jared Bush with Cedric the Entertainer. There is no such agreement. The 2010 Anger Management Producer Agreement entered into between Revolution and my clients clearly states it is for the development of Anger Management ‘based on the previously released motion picture of the same title.’ ” Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, is set to debut on FX on June 28. Roth produced the 2003 Anger Management movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler. “What is extremely telling is that the termination letter completely ignores the existence of the 2010 Anger Management Producer Agreement,” added Freedman. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are intentionally ignored.” Read More »
Charlie Sheen embraces his train-wreck reputation in the latest trailer for his upcoming FX comedy series Anger Management. The network is yet to show actual footage from the multi-camera sitcom, which premieres June 28. It stars Sheen as anger management therapist with anger issues.
Keeping it classy, Charlie. Sheen made a ‘surprise’ appearance tonight as the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section honored Marty Singer as its Entertainment Lawyer Of The Year. Singer, of course, represented Sheen during the legal war with Warner Bros and executive producer Chuck Lorre over the actor’s messy exit from the hit CBS TV series Two And A Half Men. Alluding to that battle, Sheen claimed onstage, “I never screwed any hooker as hard as Marty screwed Warner Brothers. I got a 100 million reasons to say thank you to Marty.” Sheen then stopped and assured the Lavely & Singer litigator, “Marty, I didn’t write this shit.” Longtime Singer client Tom Arnold emceed the dinner, whose celeb guests included Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Dog The Bounty Hunter in person at the Beverly Hills Hotel. William Friedkin and Sharon Stone were guest speakers, as were last year’s honoree Ken Kleinberg and Singer’s daughter Jacqueline. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johannson, Priscilla Presley, Don Rickles, Paula Abdul and publicists Stan Rosenfield and Paul Bloch appeared in a tribute video to Singer. Earlier in the evening, Jeff Goldblum narrated a video about the history of the BHBA. “Here, tonight, I recognize some of the people I sued,” Singer joked. Read More »
Producer Joe Roth and his Revolution Studios are being sued for fraud, breach of contract and misconduct by a producer claiming he was wrongfully cut out of the upcoming FX comedy series Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen. The $50 million complaint, filed by Jason Shuman and his Blue Star Entertainment this morning at Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Roth reneged on a written agreement he had with Shuman, who originally developed Anger Management into a TV series. (You can read the lawsuit here.) Shuman says he was first brought in by Roth in 2008 as a consultant to examine Revolution’ film properties and evaluate which ones would be suitable for TV series adaptations. Shuman claims he helped develop the sitcom adaptation of the Ice Cube-starer Are We There Yet? and was the one who suggested that Roth should pursue Debmar-Mercury’s so-called “Tyler Perry syndication model,” first implemented on Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne, where a cable comedy quickly amasses enough episodes for a syndication launch. Are We There Yet was done with Debmar-Mercury, but Shuman contends that he wasn’t properly compensated for his work on the show, with a promise by Roth that he would “make it up” to him, including giving him significant backend participation and an executive producer credit, on the next film property they turn into a series. Shuman focused on Anger Management … Read More »
FX has released a first teaser for Charlie Sheen’s upcoming comedy series Anger Management. There is no footage from the actual series, which is now in production, just a cheeky reference to Sheen’s turbulent last year and possibly the death of his character on his previous show, CBS’ Two And A Half Men, following the actor’s public dismissal from it.
The upcoming Charlie Sheen comedy series Anger Management was understandably a focal point at FX’s upfront event in New York today. Despite some of Sheen’s X-Rated off-screen antics and the racy content on most of FX’s other comedy series, including Louie and Wilfred, Anger Management will carry the family-friendly TV-14 rating, same as Sheen’s previous series, Two And A Half Men (as well as another hit series, The Big Bang Theory). That is understandable as the series is done under Debmar-Mercury’s 10-90 model whose success is tied to selling the show in broadcast syndication, something hard to do with the restrictive TV-MA rating.
FX didn’t show footage from Anger Management, which is a week into production (Sheen offered first-glimpse images on Today this morning), but showed a video with Sheen who told advertisers, “I’m rested, fit and hungry.” During the presentation, FX President Jon Landgraf also touted the network’s Cold War drama pilot The Americans starring Keri Russell. He noted that FX finished 2011 up in adults 18-49 while its main competitors USA, TNT and TBS were down. He projected one of the strongest upfront in years, up 11-12%.
The Today show’s interview with Charlie Sheen this morning offered first glimpse at his new sitcom, FX’s Anger Management, which premieres June 28. Two images from the set of the show flashed during the interview: one featuring Sheen, who plays a troubled anger management therapist, and Selma Blair, who plays his own therapist; and one with Sheen and Shawnee Smith, who plays his ex-wife, in a kitchen setting. During the interview, Sheen said he had planned to do a documentary chronicling his meltdown last spring with video material from his Torpedo Of Truth tour and the events that preceded it but ruled against it after finding the footage “cringeable.” Sheen said “I didn’t recognize part of who that was,” adding that the material could make for “a nice case study one day.”
Sheen admitted he still has “a little bit of bitterness” toward the show that fired him, Two And A Half Men. He didn’t launch a full-blown insult on the CBS sitcom as he recently did (Sheen ended up apologizing to his replacement Ashton Kutcher), opting for a more subtle jab. “I just wish they’d taken better care of the child left behind,” he said. As for Men bringing back his character as a ghost played by Kathy Bates, “I was honored, that’s not supposed to be an insult, they missed.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Ivana Milicevic has been cast as the female lead opposite Antony Starr in Banshee, Cinemax’s upcoming action drama series executive produced by Alan Ball and exec produced/directed by Greg Yaitanes. The 10-episode series, written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on Lucas Hood (Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier. Milicevic will play Carrie Hopewell, once a notorious jewel thief who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity, with a husband and children who know nothing of her criminal past. Also cast in the series is Hoon Lee as a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas in his criminal enterprises.
Derek Richardson (Men In Trees) has joined Charlie Sheen’s upcoming comedy series Anger Management as a regular. On the show, which has received an initial 10-episode order from FX, Sheen stars as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. Richardson, repped by ICM and Anonymous, will play a patient in Charlie Sheen’s therapy group whose anger issue is that he has no anger. On the series, written/executive produced by Bruce Helford, Richardson joins Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf. The series reunites Richardson with FX where he recently guest starred … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a move brimming with symbolism, I’ve learned that Brett Butler has joined Charlie Sheen’s new comedy series Anger Management in a recurring role. On the show, starring Sheen as a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management, she will play Brett, the bartender at the bar/restaurant where Charlie hangs out. For both Sheen and Butler, this is the first major TV series gig since their runs as the stars of successful broadcast comedy series, Two And A Half Men and Grace Under Fire, respectively, were cut short by issues related to substance abuse. What’s more, both of those series were created/co-created and run by the same person, Chuck Lorre. Butler and Sheen are also managed by the same company, Evolution Entertainment. “Brett is a great comedic voice and Charlie and I thought she’d be strong in that role,” Anger Management‘s executive producer/showrunner Bruce Helford said. “Besides the obvious irony of her being in one of Chuck’s show’s too.” Helford remembered calling Lorre after the Grace premiere congratulating him on the great find with Butler.
In an interview with TV Guide given in the midst of the Charlie Sheen firestorm last spring, Butler defended him, saying, “I know this: Charlie Sheen has huge talent.” At the time living on a farm in Georgia and celebrating 12 years of sobriety, Butler indicated she was ready to make her TV return. ”I’m starting to put a toe in the water again,” she said. … Read More »
FX is setting up a two-and-a-half-hour comedy block on Thursdays, which will be bookended by Charlie Sheen’s new comedy Anger Management and Russell Brand’s new late-night series titled Strangely Uplifting. The block, which will premiere June 28, also will include Wilfred and Louie, which will have their season debuts that night. Anger Management will launch with two back-to-back episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM. Starting the following week, the series, which has an initial order of 10 episodes, will air first-run episodes Thursdays at 9:30 PM with the previous week’s episode repeated at 9 PM. In Anger Management, Sheen stars as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf co-star. Bruce Helford serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner.
The second season of Wilfred will air at 10 PM, followed by Season 3 of Louie. At 11 PM, Russell Brand’s six-episode, half-hour late-night comedy series Strangely Uplifting will feature actor-comedian’s unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture. The series will be shot in front of a live audience, with the format drawing heavily on Brand’s interaction with that audience. Brand executive produces with, Troy Miller, who will direct, and Nik Linnen. The series, originally scheduled for the spring, was pushed to summer due to a film scheduling conflict for Brand.