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CBS Chief Les Moonves Thinks 'Two and a Half Men' Could Last for 'Many Years'

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:30PM
Les MoonvesYou could forgive CBS CEO Leslie Moonves for being a little stressed; after Charlie Sheen's acrimonious exit from 'Two and a Half Men' earlier this year, America's biggest sitcom was in serious danger of imploding, leaving the network wondering if they might have to slaughter their golden goose just to save face.

Against all odds, 'Two and a Half Men' bounced back bigger than ever with the addition of Ashton Kutcher this season, but lately it seems as though Moonves has simply traded one headline-grabber for another. From engaging in a war of words with the Village Voice over sex trafficking to making a twit of himself on Twitter with an uninformed comment about Joe Paterno, Kutcher is developing a reputation almost as noisy as Sheen's -- and his impending divorce from Demi Moore over rumors of infidelity won't help matters much.

Still, despite Kutcher's antics, Moonves apparently doesn't think his golden goose is in danger any longer. According to Deadline, the CEO spoke confidently about the future of 'Two and a Half Men' at the recent Hollywood Radio and Television Society Newsmaker Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

"With these numbers, I'm hoping this show will last for many, many years," he insisted, also praising Kutcher's performance. "We're more than happy with how well Ashton has done, other than his comments about Penn State."

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Why Getting Into Business with Charlie Sheen Is a Terrible Idea for FX

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 28th 2011 2:30PM
Television is a business. Some days, it feels like 95 percent of television exists to remind us of that.

Many shows are made for cynical reasons, by cynical people, in order to rake in the cash that props up multinational corporations. So much of the time, making money is the name of the game and creativity and originality are afterthoughts, if that.

But I've staked my career on the idea that television is more than a business, that it can be an art as well. Those of us who approach this gig with that belief -- with anything other than a cynical attitude, that is -- are liable to get blindsided by pointed reminders that cynicism and opportunism are the standard operating modes in Hollywood.

Yesterday, we got one of those reminders. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that FX got into business with Charlie Sheen via his new show, 'Anger Management,' but it was hard not to feel disappointment.

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FX Acquires Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 27th 2011 6:55PM
Charlie Sheen FX Anger ManagementIs Charlie Sheen's winning streak back on? The former 'Two and a Half Men' star just got a new job.

Sheen will return to TV next summer in 'Anger Management' -- a small-screen adaptation of the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy from 2003 -- FX Networks president John Landgraf announced today.

FX has ordered 10 episodes of sitcom 'Anger Management,' with production set to begin in early 2012. Writer-producer Bruce Helford will act as executive producer and showrunner.

But we're not just talking about one season -- if the show is a hit, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury for multiple Tyler Perry sitcoms and Revolution's and Ice Cube's 'Are We There Yet?' The series will air exclusively on FX until the off-network episodes start airing in broadcast syndication in fall 2014.

"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 Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. "'Two and a Half Men' has been an outstanding component of FX's schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that 'Anger Management' will soon be as well."

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Charlie Sheen 'Anger Management' Sitcom is Official

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 18th 2011 12:30PM
Charlie SheenThe improbable continued presence of Charlie Sheen in show business keeps hanging on.

Lionsgate TV announced today that the bitchin' rock star from mars will officially return to television in a new sitcom based on the 2003 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy 'Anger Management' that followed an anger management therapist who was angrier than his mild-mannered patient.

The show will be distributed by Debmar-Mercury, and Sheen will "retain a significant ownership stake in the series," according to the press release that Deadline obtained. Because getting into business with Sheen worked so well for Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros.

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Charlie Sheen's New Show Reportedly Based on 'Anger Management' Film

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 5:00PM
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen's return to TV could be in a role very familiar to movie audiences. According to TMZ, Sheen will star in a TV version of Joe Roth's 'Anger Management,' playing the role Jack Nicholson took on in the film.

Sheen will reportedly play an ex-athlete who gets his master's in social work during the off-season and is a counselor to people in the criminal justice system who have anger management problems. Sheen's character will also have anger issues of his own.

Sounds like this formula would allow for a parade of Sheen's famous friends to stop by and visit his anger management counselor.

Despite previous reports, the deal with Lionsgate is not done and there's not network in place for the series.

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