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Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Charlie Sheen chooses episodes of ‘Two and a Half Men’ to air before ‘Anger Management’ premiere

Charlie Sheen, back in his “Two and a Half Men” days. (GREG GAYNE - WARNER BROS.)
Charlie Sheen has picked his 24 “favorite” episodes of “Two and a Half Men” for FX to run Thurday in a marathon, to warm up the crowd for the premiere of his new sitcom, “Anger Management” at 9 p.m. that night.

FX has cable rerun rights to (and does extremely well with) the show on which Sheen starred, until Warner Bros. TV sacked him for his all-around weirdsmobile behavior. That behavior included some very public verbal attacks on show creator Chuck Lorre — “I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting [Lorre’s] tin cans into pure gold,” and “this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain,” and other zippy stuff.

Anyway, it’s one of the reasons that FX was so interested in landing “Anger Management” when its producers started pitching it around town.

It was a very much calmer, reflective, stands-to-make-huge-coin-in-equity-stake on “Anger Management” Sheen who said Monday, about his 24 episode picks: “As I culled through the mass of shows . . . I was met with a theme of innocence.”

“I can still see 9-year-old Angus riding his Razor up and down the camera aisle; his self-appointed surrogate guardian, Chuck Lorre, watching with pride and also concern. I can hear the echoes of [Jon Cryer’s] genius, [Conchata Ferrell’s] laugh, [Holland Taylor’s] leadership and [Marin Hinkle’s] quiet grace. And the crew, the amazing crew. . . . Who cares how it ended; when it was good, it was great. We were in the middle of something big, the return of the sitcom.”

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