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’s attacks on the series Two And A Half Men and its executive producer Chuck Lorre, which led to Sheen’s firing last year, were “heartbreaking”, Lorre said today at the Banff World Media Festival. “The guy was my friend and colleague for 8 1/2 years. I don’t think we ever had an argument.” Lorre says he was proud of the show. “For it to end like that was devastating – I don’t know what to say about it other than I was heartbroken and hurt”, he said. What’s more, he and his colleagues didn’t have a firm game plan when they re-launched the show with Ashton Kucher. “There was no development process,” he says. “We actually made all of our mistakes on television….If you watch the 24 shows we did last year, you can watch us stumbling around trying to figure things out. I think we still are, honestly.”
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.rtmp://streaming.deadline.com/ondemand/video/Anger_Train_30.flv
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.
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 …
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.”
UPDATE, TUESDAY AM: After skewering his old show Two And A Half Men with a barrage of insults last week, Charlie Sheen pulled back today but just a little. Sheen posted on his website a letter to his replacement on Men, Ashton Kutcher, apologizing for telling him he sucked. But Sheen refused to take back his comments that Men has become “a steaming pile of ass” with “bad writing.” Here is Sheen’s letter signed as his now-deceased Men character Charlie Harper.
I was disrespectful to a man doing his best.
I got excited and threw you into a crossfire.
The rest of my statement I stand behind.
You, however, deserve better.
Safety in your travels good sir.
- The “late” Charlie Harper
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY PM: Just as his new show, Anger Management, is gearing for production on its initial 10-episode order from FX, its star/producer Charlie Sheen embarked on the type of verbal rampage that got him in trouble with his previous employer Warner Bros. TV and ultimately got him fired from his previous show, CBS’ Two And A Half Men. Over the past 2 days, Sheen dropped the Mr. Nice Guy persona he had cultivated since he signed on for Anger Management last summer to return to his infamous warlock days.
EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Sheen’s new FX comedy series, Anger Management, is moving to cast its leading ladies. Selma Blair, who had been pursued by the show’s producers, is leading the field of actresses expected to test opposite Sheen at tomorrow’s studio test, which also includes Dexter and No Ordinary Family alumna Julie Benz. On the Lionsgate TV-produced Anger Management, which has an initial 10-episode order, Sheen will portray Charlie, a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist. There are 3 other leads on the series — all female — Charlie’s own therapist, envisioned as a love interest for him, his ex-wife and his 13-year-old daughter. If their deals close by the time the studio tests start tomorrow, I hear that there are at least three actresses reading for each of the roles. Blair is someone identified early on for the therapist role. Also testing for the part are Jenica Bergere and Elaine Hendrix. Up for the ex-wife role are Benz, Kate Reinders (Work It) and Becker alumna Shawnee Smith. UPDATE: I hear that Nicole Hiltz (In Plain Sight) will also test for the ex-wife part.
Cable network FX stole the spotlight at broadcast sibling Fox’s TCA bash last night by providing the main attraction — Charlie Sheen. The former Two And A Half Men star was besieged by reporters during his first public appearance promoting his new sitcom, FX’s Anger Management. He talked about the new series as well as his old one, from which he was fired in February after a very public meltdown. Sheen gave his replacement Ashton Kutcher props for “doing a great job” but said he didn’t want Men to be his legacy. “I wanted to do something that ended better … will end better,” Sheen said as quoted by USA Today. “I just wanted to do a show and play a character that dealt with more mature themes, that dealt with stuff that actually exists in the real world. A lot of times on the other show I felt like we were servicing the comedy and not allowing it to come out of character.”
UPDATE 6:20 PM: CTV parent Bell Media just issued a release announcing the pickup of the Charlie Sheen sitcom Anger Management. Release below the story:
PREVIOUS 6:05 PM: As the expansion of Charlie Sheen’s recent comedy tour to Canada proved, the actor is very popular north of the border. So it’s not surprising that the first international territory to commit to Sheen’s new series, Anger Management, is Canada. I have learned that, in a competitive situation, Canada’s Bell Media has landed the rights to the new series for its CTV network. Sheen is expected to make the announcement on the leading Canadian broadcaster tonight. Like FX, which picked up the project in the U.S., CTV also carries Sheen’s previous series, Two And A Half Men. The license fee for Anger Management is said to be at the high end of expectations. Anger Management, inspired by the 2003 movie by that name, is being produced by Lionsgate TV, with Lionsgate subsidiary Debmar-Mercury handling domestic sales and Lionsgate International TV in charge of international distribution. The international deals for the series are significant because they call for the networks to commit to 100 episodes outright without having seen a single frame of the show. Under the Debmar-Mercury model, FX has committed to an initial order of 10 episodes. If that run meets a ratings threshold, it will trigger a massive 90-episode back order. International buyers are asked to commit to all episodes produced from the get-go, so if FX goes for 90 additional episodes, they will automatically do so too. After Canada, the next sale for Anger Management is expected to be in Latin America where there are multiple bidders, followed by a rollout in Europe. Writers are already working on the first 10 scripts of Anger Management under executive producer/showrunner Bruce Helford, with production slated to begin early next year.
Toronto, ON (December 12, 2011) – Bell Media confirmed tonight what comedic superstar Charlie Sheen told millions of Canadians in an exclusive on-air message earlier this evening on CTV: his new comedy series ANGER MANAGEMENT is coming to Canada. Bell Media has acquired the exclusive Canadian multi-platform rights to Sheen’s new half-hour program ANGER MANAGEMENT from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury. Production of the new series begins in early 2012. Bell Media will announce its strategic multi-platform roll-out and scheduling of the series at a later date.
In the taped message, Sheen addressed Canadians directly. “You seem like the nicest people in the world,” he said. “But I know the truth. You’re holding in a lot of anger. Why else would you drink so much beer, put on shoes with sharp blades, and smack each other around with wooden sticks?”
Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns had to disappoint analysts who wanted him to open up about the big question of the day for his company: What’s going on with its reported merger talks with Summit Entertainment? “I’m not going to talk about any specific deal,” he said at the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference. He noted, though, that a consolidation of independent film and TV companies is “a natural thing to happen.” He assured the group that Lionsgate is only interested in deals that add to its value, and don’t require it to either issue stock or take on additional debt. “We’re looking to delever, not lever up,” he says.
With that out of the way, he spoke candidly about the company’s plans for next year where he says “you’ll see us steady state for the first time” cranking out about a dozen movies and about three new TV shows. He’s encouraged about a plan to develop a TV series for ABC based on The Lincoln Lawyer – and Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management. ”I’ve known Charlie a long, long time,” Burns said. “Our goal is to keep Charlie working, keep him healthy — and we have a great partner in FX.” Burns says that a series it’s developing for
Management/production company Evoluton Entertainment has opened offices in New York for the first time. The office, called Evolution-East, will be run by Stephen Gates, who has been at Evolution for 11 years and will focus on lit talent and making inroads to theater, book and other intellectual properties for clients. …