News Briefs: Charlie Sheen Probably Got Selma Blair Fired from Anger Management

... Don't mess with THE SHEEN! Following Charlie Sheen's weekend tantrum over his Anger Management co-star Selma Blair, Blair has been canned from the show. Sheen had threatened to quit the show if Blair wasn't fired after word got back to Sheen that Blair had been talking smack about his work ethic. Producer Lionsgate apparently sided with the troubled star (I guess I should specifically say Sheen, since Blair ain't no saint) and released the following statement today: "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and wish her the very best." Well one way to wish her the very best is to not fire her. That's like kicking someone in the crotch and then saying, "I hope you don't get kicked in the crotch!"  [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... Amazon will not follow Netflix into the binge-watching fad. When the online giant officially gets into original programming with the launches of online-exclusive series Alpha House, Betas, and a handful of children's shows later this year, it won't do so by releasing the entire season all at once as Netflix did. A model for releasing the individual episodes has not been determined. [The Wrap]

... I spell Jennifer Love Hewitt D-I-V-A. A third-season renewal for Lifetime's The Client List is on hold because Hewitt, get this, wants her real-life fiance and father of her unborn child, actor Brian Hallisay, to be the father of her character's baby on the show when Hewitt's pregnancy gets written into the series. Hallisay is already a cast member on The Client List, but producers haven't made up their minds on how they want to handle Hewitt's pregnancy. I guess Hewitt is trying to write the show for them. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has ordered the animated holiday special How Murray Saved Christmas, from The Simpsons executive producer Mike Reiss. Based on a children's book, How Murray Saved Christmas tells the story of a cranky deli owner who fills in for Santa Claus during the holidays. It's set for a December 2014 debut, which is like 10 years from now. This will turn things around, NBC! [NBC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... HBO's drama pilot The Leftovers has beefed up its cast with a rare bit of TV casting for one actress. Liv Tyler (that elf lady from Lord of the Rings, that daughter of that rock star) has joined the project, starring opposite Justin Theroux. The drama comes from Damon Lindelof and follows those left behind after the Rapture takes all the righteous away. Tyler, in her first major TV role, will play a woman who becomes the target of a cult. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox can finally reveal one of the worst-kept secrets surrounding its upcoming animated series Axe Cop: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson) is providing the voice of Mr. Axe Cop. Due to some contractual nonsense, the network wasn't allowed to confirm Offerman's involvement beyond his status as producer, but now we finally know what we already knew we knew! Other famous people speaking for the series include Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, and Ken Marino. Axe Cop will debut in July with the launch of Fox's Saturday night cartoon block Animation Domination High-Def. [TV Guide]

... Oscar nominee John Hurt has joined FX's vampire pilot The Strain, from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo Del Toro. Hurt will play the owner of a pawn shop who may be the only one who knows what's going on with the sudden viral outbreak the show is built around. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro were previously cast in the series. This needs to be greenlit immediately. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Makes no sense to get rid of Selma. Charlie and her just made up last week, after their "break-up". But Charlie is the show, she is just the latest woman he is sleeping with. He can no doubt find others. But I guess that is why it is off the air this week and next.. But I think it is an excellent show, and will watch it no matter who Charlie sleeps with.
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I don't watch Anger Management, but when I was flipping channels and saw her on it I was like :Selma Blair is much too good to on that show".
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charlie sheen is proving again that he's a master of all douchebags. What a douchebaggery move, gee. But anyway show sucks hideously. And Blair was wasting her talent there. He just selling his calm changed appearances on TV talk shows while continuing to treat everyone around him like crap out of public eyes.
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This happens when you don't know who the boss is.
Charlie is that show and he is amazing.
Like the Spanish says, you're much more beautiful when you're silent.
and let's face it it's no comparison, Charlie is a rank 1 superstar.
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Kinda lame how everyone is talking crap about Charlie, assuming that he's the one who did something wrong. Anyone who's followed him in the last year and watched all the interviews he has given know that he's a changed man and actually has more class than the majority of celebrities that I see on TV. The dude has changed his lifestyle, was able to overcome drug addiction after so many years, works hard to take care of his family while his ex-wife is still doing drugs like an idiot and he even tries to help other celebrities who have had the same problems that he had. Insulting him at this point is just being ignorant. There are plenty of others who deserve it more.
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Her character was the reason the show was average. Now that she's gone, I think the show will get better. They should also have more guest patients on the show and more scenes with Charlie's family.
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Seems to me that as crazy as he usually is (andi'm not even a fan ) , people are quick to dismiss him as the guilty party of that story . From what i've read , seems like Charlie was the one pushing hard for her in the role , when execs didnt want her . Not so long ago she was praising him , and as easily trashed him . Must have been a big blow for the guy that got her hired in the first place . You just dont poop where you eat
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Well I think Blair's had a lucky escape; this show is now marked - are we starting the countdown until Sheen's meltdown and exit now, or just wait a week or two?
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All you guys wanna do is pick on poor arrogant dipshit asshole Charlie Sheen! Ain't you ashamed???
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Damon Lindelof doesn't have a creative bone in his body. First he rips off fairytales, then writes a bad remake of "The Wrath of Khan" and now it looks like he going to rip off "The Stand". Stay away from the things I love!
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You left out that Lost ending which was the worst thing ever. Why is this guy not living in a van down by the river???
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Oh Lord, I wanted to kill him for the lost ending!
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Who in Anger Management isn't a troubled actor in some way? To me it seems like all the actors are just there to be seen and that they have to make a show is just the excuse to be seen. And it probably get cancelled soon anyway. I think that Selma Blair should be glad she is free, oh glorious day.
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Read "The Strain" -- hope the TV show does the book justice. And I'm looking forward to Corey Stoll coming back to TV.
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I was thinking you could have mentioned John Hurt's being in del Toro's Hellboy movies when it occurred to me that Selma Blair was in them too. Thus you missed an opportunity to tie two news briefs together (e.g., "Speaking of Hellboy cast members..."). Just a thought.
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Cannot wait for Fox's ADHD and Axe Cop!
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So don't you think Sheen just did Blair a huge favour?
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come on, The Strain. That sounds great!!!
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I thought the show was called Anger Management. Maybe they need to change the show's name to Sheen Management.
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Let's organize to find restaurants where Charlie Sheen is eating and have the hostess call out tables for "Diva, party of one", see how long it takes him to respond. In a way though, that's good, Selma Blair has better things to do than piss away the last few years of her "youthful" acting phase on an awful shitcom where she's just the sex doll for an aging egotist.

Ha, called it on Amazon not binge-dumping their programs.

Because if there's one thing people love, it's Jews taking over Christmas. Let my people go... on with their lives, not every Jew feels bad about Christmas-envy!

Liv Tyler's shoulder looks so weird in that photo, like she's a humpback. Is she doing a cutesy pose or did someone crop another person out of the image and that's their hand? "Humpbacked... people, sir?"
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Shitcom, haha I have never heard such an accurate way of describing that show!
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Hellboy III
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Does anyone find Charlie Sheen funny? His self delusions aside, I just don't think he's that entertaining. I was never (and still am not) a fan of Two and a Half Men, and while I haven't actually watched Anger Management, I can't imagine it's any good. But then, if a show doesn't have at least one vampire/witch/alien/werewolf/serial killer/undercover agent/singing teen/Famke Janssen, I am usually not all that interested, so......
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He's done a lot of great stuff... in the past. From blockbuster hits to just solid comedies. Heck I even liked that small movie "Good Advice"

I can't think of too much recent stuff of his that I enjoyed. Granted, a lot of his time since 2003 has been dedicated to "2 and a Half Men" except some cameos and those "Scary Movie" appearances.

2.5 Men was alright early on, I would actually watch that with my dad. But I grew tired of it even before he left the show.
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I think he can be a funny guy and a good actor. I enjoyed Major League, Hot Shots, Men at Work, and Two and a Half Men. But his ego gets in the way, Anger Management was painful to view.
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Nobody worships him the way he does...
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He was good once (Lucas, Platoon, even his bit part in Ferris Bueller) but those days are gone.
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HBO making The Leftovers sounds interesting.
They will probably make a rapture production that is worth watching at last.
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Ok, so this article starts with the news that Selma Blair got fired from 'Anger Management' and ends with the news that John Hurt got cast on Guillermo Del Toro's (awesome sounding) pilot 'The Strain'...
conclusion:
Mr. Del Toro now needs to get Selma in on the fun too! asap!
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Charlie rulez
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Yeah, kinda like Genghis Khan or Adolf Hitler...
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Darn I was actually considering watching "Anger Management" this week because I saw Richard Moll in the preview clip. I hadn't seen 'Bull Shannon' on my TV in many many years and it brought back pleasant 'Night Court' memories. Too bad its for such a dumb show. The one time I did watch it, Blair and Sheen had a nice easy chemistry and seemed to one thing about the show that worked. Is Shawne Smith still on this show?
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Some people think they're the center of the universe.
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NON-NEWS THAT MAKE HEADLINE
Why is anything about Sheen behaving like an out of control loony even news anymore? A train wreck but one I can happily avert my eyes from...

SHIT I DO CARE ABOUT
The Strain!!!! Maybe there will be a new cool show about vampirism with some sci-fi proper elements as TB is so passe... Del Toro did a great job with Hellboy (in my opinion). I do hope FX greenlights it soon...
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Normally I'd agree, but it sucks for Selma. He got an actress fired. One who, let's face it, hasn't been rolling in high-profile gigs lately. This was probably the biggest thing she's done in a while.

It's one thing if she was fired because the show-runners thought she wasn't doing well enough or bringing in enough of a crowd. But because Charlie had a tamper-tantrum? That stinks.

If the guy wants to tank his own life or who's so messed up a show goes under... meh. But asking someone to get fired? D*ck move.
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I just take the silver lining that perhaps Selma will get a gig in a good show I can watch...

Let's be clear, Sheen's behaviour is inexcusable and nobody should hire him ever again but I just hate all the free publicity he gets (and by extension the cynical producers who hire him) when he never truly faces the consequences
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The doublespeak that actors engage in is pretty hilarious. In an interview only a few months back, Selma was gushing over working with Charlie, how funny he is and that it's a joy to arrive on set every day. It's pretty common to hear that just before news of personality clashes come to light.
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Firing a co-star, a hot co-star I might add, in a temper tantrum does not seem like very good Anger Management....
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Selma Blair didn't add anything to the show, and I wish they would just get rid of Shawnee Smith too. It blows my mind that Charlie will make between $75 and $200 million on this stupid show if it completes its 100 episode order.
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If only there was a way for me to not watch Anger Management more than I already am.
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lol. Me too. I would so not watch it more in a minute if that were possible.
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Screw him! Nobody cares about his little crybaby a$$. He should just do the world a favor and... Nevermind it's "not right" to suggest
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Um...Winning?
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I saw "How Murray saved Christmas" and all I could think was... PLEASE BE BILL MURRAY, PLEASE BE BILL MURRAY
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That would be awesome. Remember Scrooged? He took that old chestnut and made it so fresh, and funny, and sweet.
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Wow, I think Sheen is assertive and brave. It is a task for Anger Management to be able to take wise action.
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if amazon prime is a subscription service like netflix then not releasing all episodes at once could be seen as greedy. I think amazon trying to compete with netflix is lame so i'm boycotting them regardless. will of course watch pirated episodes of their shows if they ever order the better ones like ONN and those who can't (you're welcome amazon!) ..but that's not happening anyway.
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Amazon Prime is an annual subscription service though, so they're not going to be seen as trying to bilk monthly payments.
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I'm OK with it; release it weekly (or even twice-a-week) and don't take the long mid-season hiatus that regular network and cable stations do. Depending on the show length you'll be done in 3-6 months.

And if the fear-of-greed is that you're now stuck with 3-6 months of subscriptions to watch them all, then just wait a couple of months until they have them all.

Honestly, showing the whole season at once probably hurts more than helps. From a user-standpoint: marathoning sometimes takes the enjoyment out of it after you're 3/4th of the way through. From a company's standpoint... all of that time and effort and people will be done in like a weekend and asking "OK, where's the new content" a month later.

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though had I not had all AD episodes at once I might have quit altogether considering I felt like all of the middle episodes were the worst.
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Remember like two weeks ago when I said Charlie Sheen had no discernable talent and was a sleazy ego-maniac? Ya, he just threw a temper tantrum Kirk Cameron style until a co-worker was fired. I'm so glad I don't watch this show.
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What do you mean Kirk Cameron style?
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Kirk Cameron got a co-worker Julie McCullough fired off Growing Pains when he found out she posed nude once, since he's an evangelical.
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Oh, thanks.
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I used to have a huge crush on Mike Seaver until I found out he was a bucket of crazy :)
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Nobody remembers what you said two weeks ago. :)
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I know. You are all too busy remembering every thing I say to be bothered with poor Mac's comments. lol
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The people who replied to my comment 2 weeks ago prob remember, but obviously you weren't one of them. Thanks for throwing your 2 cents in though.
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I am at your service.
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Someone needs to get off her high horse. Lifetime shouldn't let its stars push around its writers. But then again, this was the network that thought a 'Jodi Arias' movie was a good idea. If Sheen's acting unprofessional, they should kick him to the curb; it's a miracle he's getting any work and he shouldn't push his luck.
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Somebody should give Her a nice slap........and that would provide foder for a new Lifetime Movie.
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I Was Slapped: The Jennifer Love Hewitt Story.
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I Was Slapped:......And Survived!!! The Jennifer Love Hewitt Story.
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Starring Valerie Bertinelli as Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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This comment thread wins the internet today.
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Based on Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
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YES.
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I can't help but feel that it's just a PR stunt from the Anger Management group. I mean, they need the publicity..
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So, I guess my hopes of a John Hurt doctor season have been crushed. Oh well, The Strain sounds like the most amazing thing ever.
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Wow, The Leftovers is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated new shows.
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if there was ever a reason I'd go near that trainwreck of a show, it'd be because I like Selma Blair... so way to go, Charlie Sheen, give me more of a reason not to watch you.
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I want The Stain and I want it now! the books are great
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I had The Stain......soaked it soda water and it was gone
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pretty sure The Stain is the upcoming Lifetime Network series about the whole Lewinski/Clinton thing...
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Or a biopic of Charlie Sheen (see, i can be topical)
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his women wear clothes??
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sponsored by Tide detergent...or maybe not
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You guys are on fire. Whoo Hoo!!!
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Obviously that should say The Strain but my iPad hates me and this site does not have an edit button. if only one or two commenters would request one I'm sure the people behind the curtain would respect their readers and provide one right away...
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its a kooky idea, but one that night work!
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you really do need an edit button
"it's"
"might work"

but my comments have much worse grammatical and spelling errors so it's like the pot calling the kettle black.
I am not a grammar/spelling nazi~~just trying to emphasize the need for an edit button

Edit button now please
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my pot is not a racist
it treats all kettles the same......
sigh....(this pains me)........
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you are correct, I meant "might work"

I now need an edit button or Vicky will keep me after class, proof reading everything
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sure, blame the iPad;-)

edit button now please
edit button now please
edit button now please
edit button now please
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Yeah, no one ever complains about the lack of an edit button. Just like praise for Banshee, Orphan Black and Rectify is nonexistent. Well, at least tv.com is ALWAYS promptly responsive to our input. Can you imagine literally dozens of commenters asking for an edit button and the editors of this site not responding ONCE? Not even a "no, that's technically not feasible" or something. That would be some bizarro world shit.
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I'm sure it's something simple like, Hey, we don't know how! or something...
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at least it's not a problem for you, but us mere mortals need an EDIT BUTTON otherwise how can we edit the number of exclamation points in BANSHEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

never mind you "spelled" BANSHEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wrong;-)
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but you did spell it wrong
again
you really need an edit button
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I ask for an edit button regularly because I tend to make typos. But they don't listen to me (sings "Nobody knows the Trouble I've seen" in a self-pitying way).
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Weird.. listening to the DVD commentary, they were all glowing praise for each other.. so, considering it is his show and his balls and name that got a guaranteed 5 year run at the very least, if she's running around talking smack she needs to go. She's just eye candy anyways and far from the hottest on that show to begin with.
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the only other female I'm aware of being on that show (i don't watch it, I have discerning taste) is dewulf who USED to be gorgeous and now looks like a $2 whore after what she did to her face by way of gargantuan lips EGAD! so that would make selma the hottest at least in my mind.
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Ahhh "Discerning taste" nice attempt at a dig as you embarrass yourself with an opinion on something you don't even watch. there are other females on that show, but since you're just trying to use passive aggressive slams, I'll just ignore you now. thanks for stopping by. "I have discerning tastes"... "She looks like a whore" ... lol
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I feel so bad for Martin Sheen, one of the most decent men there is, to have such a crazy, lousy, disgusting son. If I were Martin, I'd ask for a paternity test, even this late. .
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Since Charlie is his doppelganger, he should probably save the money
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You don't see Emilio doing crap like this.

On the other hand, you don't see Emilio doing much of anything.
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i miss emilio
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"The Way", he acted and directed. Worth watching. Plus he was part of The Mighty Ducks. Winning.
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Emilio is living his life, which is fine by me.
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Ooooooooooh.....
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On the one hand, dick. On the other hand, at least now she can be in something I can stomach watching during the next five years. Thank you, Charlie, now go crawl back under that rock.
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so he has a dick in one hand?
no wonder she was complaining.
imagine being in a workplace with some guy, walking around with a dick in one hand, shouting out "winning" every 2 minutes
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lol
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the rock expelled him in disgust. that's why he's so visible right now. Funny, he's not doing anything to help his twins while their mom's back in rehab. You know you're father of the year when one of your ex wives takes care of the children from your last ex wife.
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