Charlie Sheen’s, who has lurched from one bad episode to another since his firing from “Two and a Half Men,” may finally get his shot at redemption and revenge. He’s reportedly landed a new TV show that’s aptly titled “Anger Management.”
Sheen is still fighting his March firing in court, which is hopefully going better than his one-man “Torpedo of Truth” tour.
“Two and a Half Men” co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre, CBS and Warner Bros. are the target of the $100 million suit. Lorre is accused of engineering Sheen’s ouster after the actor publicly ridiculed him.
Sheen’s new show is based on a 2003 film that starred Jack Nicholson as an ex-athlete who works as a counselor to criminal defendants, while dealing with his own anger issues.
It’s hard to see how the show will generate many yucks as a quasi-crime show, so expect the premise to morph into something loosely resembling Sheen’s old show.
“I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” said Sheen in a statement.
“It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
Roth and Sheen have worked together on five films, including Sheen’s hit “Major League” and the so-so film “Young Guns.”
Sheen will reportedly have significant profit participation in the show, which suggests no multi-million dollar pay checks per episode, but still the opportunity to cash-in if the show flies.
If he can pull this off, he’ll prove that not only are there second acts in Hollywood, but third acts as well.
Distributors Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Santa Monica-based Debmar-Mercury, Lionsgate Television, Revolution’s Roth, Sheen manager Mark Burg’s production company Evolution Mangement and Robert Maron, are backing the show, according to the Hollywood reporter.
The show, however, likely will end up on cable.
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