Two episodes of the show will run back-to-back that night, which will also include the second-season debut of crude-guy-is-cute-dog comedy ”Wilfred”; the third-season launch of the Louis C.K. starrer "Louie"; and, at 11 p.m., the premiere of FX's new Russell Brand show, “Strangely Uplifting.”
FX has committed to airing 10 episodes of “Anger Management” in which Sheen will take the Jack Nicholson role from the flick of same name.
Under terms of the deal with producers Debmar-Mercury, should those episodes hit an agreed-upon ratings threshold, FX is on the hook to order 90 more episodes which will be produced at breakneck speed — two episodes per week. This enables the producers to lickety-split hit the magic number of 100 episodes that makes the series a player in syndication.
This also gives Sheen little time off – which is probably a good thing, given how he has spent past hiatuses, when he was the star of the country’s most popular sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.”
Speaking of anger management, just a few months after appearing on the Primetime Emmy Awards to tell America he wishes “Two and a Half Men” nothing but the best, Sheen threw another temper tantrum against Warner Bros – the studio that sacked him from “Men.”
This time, Warner Bros. had sent the “Anger Management” team a cease-and-desist letter because they’d apparently one or two “Men” promo photos of Sheen in their sales pitch for “AM” at a TV confab. Sheen fired off a statement saying, non too originally, that his “Men” replacement, Ashton Kutcher “sucks” and that “Men” does too, adding, “when you take away the anchor from your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching, like, salvage vessel.”
A few days later, however, Sheen sent a message to Kutcher, via Twitter: “My bad. I was disrespectful to a man doing his best. I got excited and threw you into a crossfire.”