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FX sets the date for Charlie Sheen's new show

Charlie Sheen's new show has a premiere date.

FX sets the date for Charlie Sheen's new show

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Charlie Sheen and "Raising Hope's" Cloris Leachman at a Fox/FX party in January

Charlie Sheen's new show has a premiere date.

"Anger Management," the former "Two and a Half Men" star's series for FX, in which he'll play a therapist with a few issues of his own, will launch June 28 with two back-to-back episodes, beginning at 9 p.m.

After that, the half-hour comedy will show new episodes at 9:30 p.m.Thursdays, preceded by a rerun of the previous week's show, FX said Tuesday.

Ten episodes have been ordered in an unusual deal, similar to a model used by Tyler Perry at TBS, in which, if the show achieves certain ratings goals, FX will order 90 more, to be shot on a schedule that's considerably faster than most network series.

Also on FX's summer schedule, all launching June 28:

-- Season 2 of "Wilfred" will premiere at 10 p.m., following "Anger Management."

-- Season 3 of "Louie" will premiere at 10:30 p.m.

-- "Strangely Uplifting," the late-night talk show with comedian Russell Brand, will launch at 11 p.m.

 In its announcement, FX also elaborated considerably on Sheen's new role, which, like his last, doesn't require him to answer to a new first name. Here's how "Anger Management" is now described:

"Sheen stars as 'Charlie,'a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management.  Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf co-star. 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."

 

 

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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