LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen, fired from his previous role on TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” will return to television in summer 2012, in his new “Anger Management” on FX, the network announced on Thursday.
The new sitcom, which had been previously announced but had yet to find a network, sees Sheen playing an anger management therapist who causes chaos in his patients’ lives by using unconventional methods, the network said in a statement.
The new show is the latest in Sheen’s bid to turn over a new leaf in his career after a turbulent year.
He was TV’s highest-paid actor for his role as womanizing bachelor Charlie Harper in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” but was fired after a public dispute with the show and network executives at CBS, during which he lashed out at show creator Chuck Lorre. He was replaced by actor Ashton Kutcher.
Sheen ranted against his old employers and posted videos on the Web in which he bragged about his “winning” ways and the “tiger blood” he had running through in his veins.
All of that came after a year in which he found himself in legal trouble and in rehab for drug and alcohol use.
More recently, the star has seemed contrite. He settled a lawsuit with the “Two and a Half Men” producers, and appeared on TV talk shows admitting he was out of control. took to the stage at the Emmys — TV’s highest awards — and said to the “Men” cast and crew, “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for the upcoming season.”
“Anger Management,” in which Sheen retains a significant ownership stake, is loosely based on the 2003 film of the same name starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. FX has ordered 10 episodes, and production will begin in early 2012.
“We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie’s acting talents, and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play,” said John Landgraf, President and general manager of FX Networks, in a statement.
Reporting and writing by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte