FX has unveiled the first teaser spot for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management” TV series, and I have to admit, for 15 seconds, it’s pretty clever.
The preview shows Sheen laying in a coffin, supposedly dead, as the voice over says “Charlie Sheen died…”. After a brief pause, Sheen suddenly opens his eyes, smiles for the camera, and waves. The voice over continues “…and went to FX”.
Obviously, the comment is a shot at Sheen’s death on his old CBS hit, “Two and a Half Men”, which has been doing fine in the ratings with Sheen’s replacement, Ashton Kutcher.
In the new FX show, Sheen “stars as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patients each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison.
Prior to his career as a therapist, Charlie was a stalled minor league baseball prospect whose road to the majors was sidetracked by his own struggle with anger issues. After a stint in anger management therapy, he made it to the majors and had one terrific season before his anger issues put him on the shelf for good. In the final game of his career, he tried to snap a bat over his leg, which resulted in a career-ending injury. That injury led him back to school and to his current profession. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend, an ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor choice in men frustrates Charlie, and their 13-year-old daughter who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.”
Reports are also coming in that Sheen’s ex, Denise Richards, will make a guest appearance on the show..
According to TVLine, who first reported the news, Richards will “play Lori, the new business partner of Charlie’s on-screen ex (played by Shawnee Smith).”
“Anger Management”, which co-stars Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden and Noureen DeWulf, is set to debut June 28 at 9pm on FX.