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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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Maid heads to ABC: Are there no new ideas in Hollywood?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 13th 2008 9:01AM
Maid in Manhattan heads to ABCThis seems like an odd one. ABC is bringing the 2002 Jennifer Lopez movie Maid in Manhattan to the small screen.

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies, and I actually liked the movie (probably one of the few who did). But even I think it's a weird project to be adapting into a TV series.

The movie features Lopez as Marisa Ventura, a struggling single mom from the Bronx who works as a maid at a posh Manhattan hotel. Ralph Fiennes plays a rising politician who mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. They fall in love, yada, yada, yada. Those two stars had very little chemistry (and yet I still liked the movie).

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Swingers and exorcist make CBS' wish list

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 20th 2006 9:22AM
cbs logoKeeping with its promise of shying away from procedurals, CBS has ordered pilots for two seemingly unusual series. The first is centered around an ex-priest who travels around performing exorcisms. It's called Demons. It's being created by Barbara Hall, who also created Joan of Arcadia, and executive produced by movie man Joe Roth.

The second series is called Swingtown and it sounds like it's bound for a 10 pm time slot. The series is set in the 1970s and is about a bunch of married couples who swap spouses. It's being created by Mike Kelley, writer and executive producer of The O.C.

Pilot season, by the way, is soon upon us. January is traditionally the time of year when the networks request pilots from all the television veterans and wanna-bes who have been pitching them this fall.

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