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Shawnee Smith Lands A Lead On Charlie Sheen Comedy Series ‘Anger Management’

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 1:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Becker alumna Shawnee Smith has landed one of the female leads in Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy Anger Management. On the Lionsgate TV-produced series, which has an initial 10-episode order from FX, Sheen portrays Charlie, a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist. Smith will play Charlie’s ex-wife, who is searching for a life path after living in Charlie’s shadow for a long time. She was one of four actresses who tested for the role at the studio, and two, along with Kate Reinders, who went to the network today. A decision on the other adult female lead role, that of Charlie’s therapist, is pending; Selma Blair and Elaine Hendrix went to the network test today. In interviews at NATPE earlier this week, Sheen raved about the possibility of working with Blair. UPDATE: I hear that the network may want to read additional actresses before making a decision on the therapist role. Under the model employed by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, if the 10-episode run hits a ratings target, that will trigger a 90-episode order by FX, which would be produced on an accelerated schedule over the next two years. That wouldn’t be a stretch for Smith, repped by Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein, who did 124 episodes of CBS’ Becker starring Ted Danson. On the feature side, she will next be seen the Billy Bob Thornton-directed Jayne Mansfield’s CarRead More »

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‘Anger Management’ Narrows Female Field

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‘Anger Management’ Casting Female Leads Opposite Charlie Sheen: See Who’s Testing

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Sheen is close to getting a therapist and an ex-wife on his new FX comedy series Anger Management. I hear that after today’s studio tests, frontrunner Selma Blair is moving to the next stage for the role of the therapist, along with Elaine Hendrix. Remaining in contention to play Charlie’s ex-wife are Becker alumna Shawnee Smith and Kate Reinders (ABC’s Work It). The quartet were among seven actresses invited to test for the parts today. The four finalists are expected to meet with FX next. On the Lionsgate TV-produced Anger Management, which has an initial 10-episode order from FX, Sheen portrays Charlie, a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist. There are three 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. Under the model employed by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, if the 10-episode run hits a ratings target, that will trigger a 90-episode order by FX, which would be produced on an accelerated schedule over the next two years.

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‘Anger Management’ Casting Female Leads Opposite Charlie Sheen: See Who’s Testing

Nellie Andreeva

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.

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