UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Well, Charlie Sheen has (heh) apologized for the evil of his ways. But then the contrite mood lifted, and the old Sheen resurfaced. Check out his first Twitter response to Ashton Kutcher, followed by a tweet from awhile later with a mild shift in tone:
Ashton message received. so sorry u sounded like me! well done! my bad I was pissed at other crap & took it out on you. hope u r good xox c
Since Ashton Kutcher took over for Charlie Sheen on Two And A Half Men three years ago, Sheen has frequently blasted Kutcher’s performances on Twitter and now it’s clear Kutcher has had enough. In an interview Wednesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kutcher said in no uncertain terms he thinks it’s time for Sheen to give it up. Kutcher’s comments come about three and a half minutes into the interview on the clip below:
Now that he could be facing jail time for his Friday Twitter rampage, is Anger Management‘s Charlie Sheen looking to make some amends today? Two days after violating a gag order issued during his ongoing child custody case with a string of erratic Tweets attacking both the presiding judge and ex-wife Brooke Mueller, Sheen Tweeted to his former Two and a Half Men EP Chuck Lorre promising an apology – and more. Sheen’s string of Lorre insults during the actor’s very public meltdown in early 2011 led to his dismissal from the long-runing comedy series. “Hey Chuck,” Sheen wrote this morning. “I have an idea that u need to hear after I make amends to you and yours. Which I will do in person,” he posted, along with a photo of their 2007 People’s Choice Award for Men. Legit apologia, soul searching in the face of jail time or another public Sheen stunt in the making? Lorre has yet to respond.
EXCLUSIVE: A Harper offspring once again will be a permanent fixture on Two And A Half Men. Amber Tamblyn, who had been signed for a five-episode recurring stint playing Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) long-lost illegitimate 25-year-old daughter, has been made a regular on the veteran CBS comedy series. The move comes as Tamblyn is working on the fifth and last episode of her original arc and ensures a seamless transition to a regular status. Tamblyn made her debut in Two And A Half Men’s 11th-season premiere when Jenny shocked her uncle Alan (Jon Cryer) by showing up at Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) beach house trying to connect with what’s left of her family. She happens to like everything her dad liked, including women. Tamblyn appears in five of the first six episodes from 2.5 Men’s 11th season. She will now co-star alongside Kutcher and Cryer, filling the void left by the departure as a regular of original co-lead Angus T. Jones, who plays Alan’s son (aka the “half” in Two And A Half Men). With the promotion, Tamblyn, repped by UTA and Hyler Management, becomes a regular on a CBS series exactly a decade after her breakout first regular role on another CBS series, drama Joan Of Arcadia, which premiered the same September 2003 week as 2.5 Men.
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.
About 3.1 million people watched the Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco last night — 2.4 million of them being adults 18-49, and 1.9 million in 18-34, with 1.2 million of that group being guys. Yes, Franco’s roast is up double digits compared to last year’s Roseanne roast, like Comedy Central said this afternoon — including the not-surprising 64% lift among 18-34 guys and the even less surprising 88% spike among 18-24 guys.But Franco wasn’t in the same league as Sheen, who’d clocked 6.4 million viewers when Comedy Central skewered him the same night CBS unveiled Sheen’s Two And A Half Men replacement, Ashton Kutcher. If you add in Comedy Central’s two replays of the Franco bashing/lovefest last night, during which he took a lot of heat for his epic Oscar sleep-hosting, the cume climbs to 5.2 million — still not up to Sheen’s premiere stats. The Franco roast premiere also did not match the 3.5 million who’d tuned in for Comedy Central’s David Hasselhoff roast in 2010 or the 3.48 million who caught the Donald Trump roast in 2011. And, in Roseanne’s defense, her Comedy Central bashing had aired at the same time NBC was clocking 30 million viewers with the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics. Read More »
Comedy Central will roast James Franco on Labor Day, the Viacom-owned network announced this morning. But Franco-fans had known about it since late Tuesday, via Franco, via Instagram. “Hey ya’ll wassup I’m gonna get roasted on Comedy Central be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that — a’ight hahaha,” he mumbled at his legions of followers. Then he slowly ran his tongue over his teeth. Comedy Central, in its announcement, said it would tape the roast of the “Academy-nominated actor-director-writer-producer-artist” next month in LA. And, in one of those incredible coincidences, the Franco-co-directed documentary about Franco, called Francophrenia, will debut exclusively on Comedy Central digital and VOD platforms immediately after the network telecasts the roast. 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 »
EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Harper had an offspring?! CBS‘ Two And A Half Men will look more like Two Guys And A Girl next season. I’ve learned that the veteran comedy, which earlier this month was renewed for an 11th season, will introduce a new female series regular character next fall. The role, a high-profile gig for a young actress, will bring in a major plot twist to the show: I hear the girl, in her late teens or early 20s, shows up on Walden Schmidt’s (Ashton Kutcher) doorstep searching for her father. She claims to be a daughter of the house’s previous owner, recently departed perennial bachelor Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). I hear the girl will eventually move in with Walden and her uncle Alan Harper (Jon Cryer). The new character is expected to fill the void left by the departure of Alan’s son Jake as Angus T. Jones recently exited as a regular after 10 seasons on the show. With the new addition, Two And A Half Men will have subbed two of the three characters in the title, following the successful transition from original leading man Sheen to Kutcher two years ago.
It’s the first time the actor won’t be billed as Sheen. TMZ obtained this screengrab from the upcoming pic showing that he’s changed his name to Carlos Estevez for writer-director Robert Rodriguez’ upcoming campy thriller Machete Kills. Explanation: Sheen’s dad Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez and never changed it legally to ’Martin Sheen’. So ‘Estevez’ is Charlie’s real last name just as it is Emilio’s. Machete Kills also stars Danny Trejo, Sofia Vergara, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Hudgens and Lady Gaga whose big-screen debut came about because of a chance encounter with Trejo in an LA tattoo parlor. Pic is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in September.
Charlie Sheen was famously banned from the Warner Bros. lot, where Two And A Half Men is filmed, at the height of his 2011 public meltdown after the actor vowed to show up for work even following CBS and the studio’s decision to pull the plug on the show for the season. More than two years later, he set foot on the lot for the first time, appearing on Conan to promote his cameo in Scary Movie 5. He arrived in a military tank, joined inside by two “goddesses.” Things have changed in two years. “When we pulled up to the gate, they ran like a really intense security check. Not that intense … but I used to be able to just cruise on in. Not anymore,” he lamented. But some things haven’t changed, like Sheen’s bad feelings against Men executive producer Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros., which fired him from the show. He said he keeps his anger issues in check by whacking a watermelon-filled duffel bag with a bat and imagining there is “a Warner Bros. executive hugging Chuck Lorre” inside.
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.
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.”
Who knew there’s something called SSBB – the Secret Society of Ball-Busters? It exists within writer-director Roman Coppala’s A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III. Charlie Sheen stars as the title character with giddy support from Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette and Aubrey Plaza. From new distributor A24, Glimpse opens February 8th:
Back in early 2011 when Charlie Sheen went on a rampage trashingTwo And A Half Men, the brunt of his attacks were directed at the show’s co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre. Almost two years later, Sheen is back at it, blaming Lorre for his former co-star Angus T. Jones‘ controversial video testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church, in which the young actor referred to Men as “filth” and urged viewers to “stop watching it.” “Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday,” Sheen told TMZ. “I dare anyone to spend 10 years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.”
For his part, Jones never took shots at Lorre in his comments on Men. And in his statement about the video remarks issued yesterday, Jones personally acknowledged Lorre as one of the people “responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.” Here is a photo of the two a month ago when Jones attended … 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):
Work on additional episodes of Anger Management is already … Read More »