Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Anger Management?

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Last year, FX won the Charlie Sheen lottery by dumping bags of cash at his feet in exchange for the privilege of plopping multiple cameras around him and letting him do his comedy thing. The result is Anger Management, and I've already seen the first two episodes. So should you check it out? Well, no, but let's pretend I didn't just say that and go through this process anyway.


When does the winning start?

Anger Management debuts Thursday, June 28 at 9pm on FX.


What actors and actresses will be cowering on-set as Charlie Sheen executes his routine of intense unpredictability?

In addition to the Ma-Sheen, Anger Management stars Selma Blair (Kath & Kim), Shawnee Smith (Becker), Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire), Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, and Derek Richardson. And poor adorable Daniela Bobadilla, who we last saw as Rex's girlfriend on Awake. Let's hope she makes it out of this alive. Oh also! Brian Austin Green is in this! How could I forget Brian Austin Green?


Who created the show?

It's based on the 2003 movie of the same name that starred Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, so we should probably give producer Joe Roth some credit/blame. But Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) is the man behind the FX version.


What's the show about?

Sheen plays Charlie Goodson, a former baseball player who ended his career after breaking a bat over his knee in a fit of rage. After he went through anger management therapy, he decided to become a therapist himself because this is a sitcom and things like an angry person becoming an anger management therapist make sense. Charlie's got an ex-wife (Smith), a current therapist and f***buddy (Blair), a daughter (Bobadilla), a therapy group, and the bartender at his regular watering hole (Butler). But really this is Sheen going from Two and a Half Men to One Man, since he plays the same horny jerk he did on the CBS show. Multi-camera, laugh track, you know what to expect.


Who is going to like the return of Charlie Sheen?

Fans of Two and a Half Men and other multi-camera comedies should like Anger Management, as it sticks to that formula. Nothing complicated here, just set-up, sex joke, then laugh track. This is comfy comedy.


Let's hear a few positive things about the show.

Okay. Well. Ummm... it's shot in high-definition, so it's got that going for it. The laugh track will cue you on when to laugh in case you are in a crowded room of friends and don't want to feel out of place. And helpful commercials between acts will let you know what consumer products are available at your local Wal-Mart.


Should I assume there are a few negatives?

Yup! Despite featuring the "edgy" Sheen and being on edgy FX, Anger Management feels horribly dated and safe. To give you an idea of what pace the show is working at, if the show does well in its first 10 episodes, it will be rewarded with a whopping 90-episode order just (just like TBS's Tyler Perry shows) in order to guarantee syndication. It's ridiculously out of place on FX, a network known for pushing the envelope, and doesn't take advantage of the lenient profanity guidelines that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Louie use.


I probably don't have to ask, but should I watch anyway?

There's a bit of television history going on here: All eyes will be on Charlie Sheen's comeback. So it might be worth tuning in just to be part of that. How long you stay, though, will vary... 30 minutes? 30 seconds? But really, if you aren't a fan of the multi-camera comedy format or the generic writing that often goes into it (not all multi-cam comedies are bad!), you won't like this. At all.


I want to see a trailer! Show me show me show me!

Well, FX didn't release any real trailers (always a bad sign), just some promos. But they have finally posted some clips, so have at this one.


What should I have on hand while I watch the show?

A back-up plan.


Anger Management debuts Thursday, June 28 at 9pm on FX.

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