June 28th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Proving that comebacks come quicker and quicker in Hollywood these days, just a little over a year after his insane public meltdown was winding down (Remember Tiger Blood? Goddesses? Ustream rants? So 2011) Charlie Sheen is coming back in a big way. He has a new show premiering on FX called Anger Management, airing as part of the most eclectic comedy block I have ever seen on television: the aforementioned Anger Management; FX’s critical darling, not to mention extremely hilarious and amazing, Louie; the bizarre man-in-a-dog suit show Wilfred; and Russel Brand’s new talk show Brand X. That’s some variety in comedic voices right there… one of them very annoying (sorry Russel, you’re funny, but even you must admit that voice is grating).
Anyway, back to Anger Management. They’ve been hyping it for months, and so far I can tell its a show about… well, Charlie Sheen is in it. That’s all I know. What was originally pitched as a TV adaption of the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson movie of the same name, the casting of Charlie Sheen has apparently completely re-written the show to be something he can sink his teeth into. The ads, which have focused entirely on Sheen’s comeback from his meltdown, featuring footage of trainwrecks and a smoldering Sheen, make it seem like a reality show about Charlie Sheen rather than, you know, an actual sitcom where he plays a character. Somehow I don’t expect him to be stretching his acting muscles too far, surely playing a “Charlie Sheen type.”
The most insane part about this sitcom? A deal was apparently struck as part of Sheen’s contract that if the first 10 episode season hits a certain ratings benchmark every week, FX is contractually obligated to renew it for 90 more episodes. 90 episodes!! That is insanity! No wonder Sheen has been saying this show will be his swan song. If this first season does well he’s employed for a decade. Not bad for a guy fired from the number one sitcom in the world.