News Briefs: Anger Management Lost a Lot of Viewers in Week 2

BUSINESS TIME

... The second week of Charlie Sheen's new comedy Anger Management was not as kind as the first. The series' third episode (the series premiere was comprised of two back-to-back episodes) lost 38 percent of the total viewers who tuned in during premiere week, down to 3.37 million from 5.47 million. Those are still solid numbers for basic cable, but the question now is whether the show's viewership will continue to drop like Charlie Sheen's pants at a drug orgy or whether it will stay where it is like Charlie Sheen's pants at a drug orgy after they've already dropped. If FX ultimately chooses to renew the show, it will be for a whopping 90 episodes, so discretion is advised. [Deadline Hollywood]

... There might be a spin-off of '80s children's show Fraggle Rock on the way! It would focus on the Doozer characters, which were the tiny guys in the acid trip of a show. I never watched Fraggle Rock because I never had HBO as a kid and no one else in my traveling gypsy circus did either. [Huffington Post]

... Nickelodeon's horrible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles redo has a premiere date: Saturday, September 29 at 11am. [EW]

... Jennifer Lopez is bringing her savvy television production skills to ABC Family. Hot on the heels of her sizzling hit Q'Viva!: The Chosen and yes I'm being sarcastic, La Booty is developing a drama about a lesbian couple that has their life shaken up when they let a wayward teenage girl move into their house, which is already home to a biological son and adopted twins and really Jennifer Lopez? What the heck is this? Did you just pick a few random plot ideas out of one of your stupid hats? [Deadline Hollwood]

... Parks and Recreation will be shooting scenes in Washington, D.C. for its Season 5 premiere! In the Season 4 finale, Ben made plans to move to the nation's capital, so the show will film on-location instead of green-screening in some of the country's most expensive strip clubs. [TV Line]


CASTING NEWS

... Smash has promoted Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Sam, to series regular for Season 2. The NBC drama has also added Krysta Rodriguez as a series regular, and she'll play Karen's roommate Ana. Hooray. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's Up All Night has added Luka Jones as the younger brother of Christina Applegate's character Reagan. Great. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The CW's 90210 is writing off its cowboy character Austin (Justin Deeley). Whoopie. [TV Line]


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Eloquently expressed Wyng I get very tiresome of reviews portrayed by those who can't keep their personal disposition along with opinionated feelings for an actor/actress "at the door" when they make the decision to write a reflection of a televised show. That also goes for a tremendous amount of writers who take bias action daily on TV.COM.
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Tim, dude, it was the 5th of july, I bet ya a lot of folks were doing other things and a lot of regular shows did not even air that evening, because networks know there a lot less viewers. Have you compared other shows, or just jumped the gun, to do some more Sheen bashing. Content wise you are not a bad writer, but critics who let personal bias rule over objective criticism, I can do without. Deal with your negative vibes towards Sheen and several others, I suggest some Anger Management may do you good.
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yea it is not a nice episode
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Excited about Parks & Rec!



I'm curious to find out what exactly Jennifer Lopez knows (or thinks she knows) about lesbian couples raising a family. Maybe she just recently watched "The Kids Are All Right."
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Parks & Recreation should have a going away party for Ben complete with a certain catering company.
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I didn't particularly love the show, but I do find interesting how TV.com talked about risks not been taken when the first A.M. episodes aired and had record ratings and now headlining how the show lost viewers.
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Episode 1 of Anger Management gave me a little hope.



Episode 2 gave me several groans and uhgs.



Episode 3 gave me a couple chuckles and a couple yawns.



Because of the chuckles, I will watch Episode 4. But I can't see watching Episode 5 at this point. This is not a good show.
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The Doozers were great, but really not seeing how they could actually carry a show on their own. Would it be like Fraggle Rocking Fraggle Rock, would they live in their own microcosm world that views the outer world of the Fraggles as something greater beyond them? Would Red Fraggle be the Marjory the trash heap character to them?



Yeah, add more characters to Up All Night, that'll help fix its existing writing and character-development problems, like having a baby will always fix a rocky marriage.
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I feel bad for Charlie, after the whole controversy with Two and a Half Man it almost looked like he was added 50 years. I mean, he looks haggard and used up... he just doesn't look very goof for his age. This just shows what drugs can do to your body.
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If Mother Theresa and MLK Jr. came back to life and appeared on Puppy Bowl, Tim Surette would find something negative to write about it.
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uh, i don't think they would look to great at this point if they just came back to life like that...



but I get your point
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as a kid i loved fraggle rock! it was one of the cult shows in austria and i guess almost everyone from my generation still knows the song by heart.

now though it freaks me out and i doubt that a remake would work.
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god please save us from 90 episodes of charlie sheen..
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You mean 90 MORE episodes, since we already have a mountain of Two and a Half Men episodes of Charlie Sheen.
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Look at it this way .... if they renew it, then he's occupied and less in the limelight than if he were to be in a half dozen new pilots or (god forbid) movies. We've seen more of him since he left Two and a Half Men than when he was on it. I say give him the show and keep him out of my face. We'll see less of him that way.
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news flash...neither of you are being forced to watch either show
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so what.. not watching the show does not mean we can keep enough distance from this guy.. we have to see and hear about him as long as he produces which is barely bearable.. less production would hopefully mean less exposure to sheen stuff..
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sounds like you are way too obsessed with Sheen's life...you might be a reverse stalker. :)



Seriously, though, I will pretend like you're being serious, and go along with you that somehow the universe is a kilter because Sheen is making millions on a terrible show while much better shows are being canceled...



but what does that have to do with his work on 2 and a Half Men? Can't you just not buy the DVD? There must be a way for you guys to avoid any mention of Sheen. You can start by:



1. not watching TMZ or E channel.

2. ask you mom to cut out the listings of the show in your TV guide and newspaper before you read it.

3. Avoid L.A.

4. Don't read articles by Tim, who seems to be the only person online who is equally obsessed with the cosmic injustice that is Charlie Sheen
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Now if The CW's 90210 would only write off all of the other characters as well.



Up All Night adding Luka Jones seems sad or desperate or both.
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How does anyone follow a show on the Spongebob network, Nickelodeon? The always seem to put a new one on at one time and day, then move it after just a few of episodes to another time and day, then it stops, then it comes back on yet another time and day, if it comes back at all. Then you see it randomly marathoned all over the place and somewhere in there they might slip in a new episode among the repeats. Never did finish Avatar, and therefore, did not watch Korra. Kung Fu Panda was good, but I missed an episode or three and wondering is the season over, still on, what?
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Its easy to never miss an episode I'll give you a hint how "yarrrrrrrrr yo-ho-ho"
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God, I hated Fraggle Rock. I queried the Doozer characters and ended up reading almost the entire Wikipedia entry for Fraggle Rock and now I hate that show even more. That show used to creep me out as a kid, and now that I read the article and am remembering some of the characters, I just know that I am going to have nightmares tonight.
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