Charlie Sheen has closed a deal to star in a new sitcom based on the 2003 Adam Sandler movie “Anger Management.” Sheen will assume the role Jack Nicholson played in the film, an anger-management group therapist who himself has serious anger issues.
Sheen will reportedly serve as a producer, meaning he’ll have part ownership of the series. Reports indicate he’ll also be involved in developing the show with another, as-yet-to-be-named writer. He’ll also maintain a degree of creative control throughout the series’ run. That could, conceivably, make for fewer difficulties like the ones Sheen experienced with showrunner Chuck Lorre on Two and a Half Men.
Of course, we’re talking about Charlie Sheen, an actor who’s proved so volatile over the last year, it’s hard to predict who he might or might not buck heads with. As noted by Deadline Hollywood, Sheen’s volatility could make networks and writers wary of signing on.
In Sheen’s favor, Management will be co-produced by Joe Roth, who’s worked with Sheen on five movies, including Major League, Young Guns and The Three Musketeers. Sheen’s history with Roth may indicate the two could work together harmoniously, but that won’t completely negate the risk factor involved with Sheen.
With the series being distributed by Lionsgate subsidiary Debmar-Mercury, the most likely destination might be cable, specifically TBS. TBS already broadcasts the Debmar-Mercury-produced shows House of Payne, Meet the Browns, and Are We There Yet?. More, Roth previously served as executive producer on Are We There Yet?, making TBS an even likelier destination.
Wherever the show lands (I have difficulty believing it won’t be picked up), it’lll be interesting to see Sheen back on TV. Risk or no, you can bet he’ll attract significant viewer numbers, at least initially--especially in a role that hits so close to his neurotic, real-life persona. The big question is whether he can sufficiently maintain those numbers for the series to be picked up past an initial 10-episode run (assuming the distribution deal is structured like that for other Debmar-Mercury shows). If that happens, Sheen could find himself back near the top of the TV world he dominated on Two and a Half Men, which of course, is what fueled his downward spiral of drugs, hookers, and “goddesses.”
Stay tuned; more “winning” and “tiger-blood” rants are surely in store.