News Briefs: FX Buys Charlie Sheen's Anger Management Sitcom

BIGGISH NEWS

... The Charlie Sheen comeback is on! FX has bought Sheen's Anger Management sitcom, which is based on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name, for a 2012 summer launch. The network has ordered 10 episodes for the first season, with an additional 90-episode option if the show becomes a hit, in order to lock up syndication rights. Yowzas! The same model has been used for a few Tyler Perry shows as well as Ice Cube's Are We There Yet? People might wonder why FX signed on for this, but it's really quite simple. Money! But really, wouldn't you rather see Sheen make a comeback on a network he can swear on rather than on NBC? If this comedy is going to work, he's going to have to be allowed to go all out, and FX is a place where he can do that. Everyone may laugh at it and hate on it, but I think it's a good deal. However, don't get me wrong: The show could still suck. [FX, via press release]

... Chris O'Dowd, star of the U.K.'s very funny The IT Crowd, has sold a project to NBC. The comedy follows a trio of guys who meet at a weight-loss clinic. I've been waiting a while for the Irish O'Dowd to break out in America, and after his strong showing in Bridesmaids and this deal, it looks like that time has finally come. If you have Netflix, stream The IT Crowd. It's genius. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember those recent rumors about Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who? Not so fast. [Blastr]

... NBC is reportedly spending $100 million on series development this year, a hefty amount even for a major network. So far, it's showing: NBC has been buying up all kinds of stuff and is going after big names and projects that include Sarah Silverman and Roseanne Barr comedies, a remake of The Munsters, and Ethan Hawke's new drama. When in doubt, spend a ton of money and cross your fingers! [THR]


CASTING NEWS
There's lots of casting news today, so let's just get these out of the way:

... Lou Diamond Phillips (Wolf Lake) will guest-star on TNT's Southland. He'll play... wait for it... a cop! [TV Guide]

... Naomi from Lost is crashing into New York. Actress Marsha Thomason, who [two-year-old spoiler alert!] got knifed in the back by John Locke and stars on White Collar, will guest on 2 Broke Girls as a woman who competes with Kat Dennings' Max over a boy. Ladies, ladies! Please! I can, and would love to, handle both of you. [TV Line]

... True Blood's Kevin Alejandro and Grant Bowler will guest-star on ABC's G.C.B. (formerly Good Christian Bitches) as a butcher and a "frozen-food" magnate. Wait, is this a soap about a supermarket? [EW]

... Eric Winter has been cast as the lead in TNT's drama Scent of the Missing, which stars Tricia Helfer as a sexy K-9 cop. Winter most recently appeared on The Mentalist. The dog has yet to be cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kaley Cuoco has been forced to host the People's Choice Awards on CBS. Poor thing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Law & Order: SVU is adding Gilbert Gottfried as a recurring player. The comedian, recently mired in controversy for getting fired as the voice of the Aflac duck, will play a wacky IT guy. Just the other day I was thinking, "You know what Law & Order: SVU needs? Gilbert Gottfried." [TV Guide]

... Rescue Me's Andrea Roth will recur on The CW's Ringer. It's always weird when someone I don’t know from a show I didn't watch gets a role on a show I don't watch and I have to write something about it, and then I have to pretend like I have an opinion about it. Anyway, this is a great casting choice! [TV Guide]

... Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter will guest-star on The Good Wife, playing a very different character from Deb Morgan. She'll pretend to be a soft-spoken professor who's on trial for something related to her conservative and religious beliefs. I guess that means she won't be swearing up a storm. [E! Online]

... Bill Lawrence created Scrubs and Cougar Town, and because showrunners are allergic to actors they haven't worked with before, they tend to reuse guys they know they can rely on. Lawrence is bringing Scrubs' Zach Braff and Robert Maschio over to Cougar Town for a mini-reunion, where they will meet up with Sarah Chalke, who was previously announced as a guest-star on the show. [TV Line]

... The West Wing's Richard Schiff is coming to Once Upon a Time. The busy actor will guest-star on the fairytale drama as the Enchanted Forest's King Leopold, father of the lovely Snow White. [TV Line]


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Deb on the Good Wife - I'll be watching that one!
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Munsters remake!? Uh oh.
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I didn't find the movie "Anger Management" that good so I don't expect much from the Sheen's sitcom.
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Does anyone know if Bryan Fuller is still involved in the "Munsters" remake?
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Great news! Charlie Sheen's back on Tv with new sitcom series. I am looking forward to seeing the Tv Version of Anger Management. It's broadcasting on cable the right place than Localing programming. We don't see to much of cable programming getting cancelled left & right like flies. This should be good as a hit to be with Charlie Sheen in control commard.
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Oooh, oooh, oooh. I met Grant Bowler the other day. How exciting to see him mentioned on my favourite website!
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I hope the Charlie Sheen show is good and becomes a hit. Your right, it's the right network for him to be on. But, at the same time FX is only available in US. So whether it's a hit or not, I won't get to watch it. I'm happy that Kaley Cuoco's hosting the People's Choice Awards.
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A fifth series of The IT Crowd was commissioned it was Graham Linehan that decided to just do an extended special, why so unhappy he's the creator if he feels that's the way it should bow out then so be it. It obviously means that he felt there wasn't enough mileage left for a full series. If Channel 4 had decided this I'd be bummed as it is I'm just happy it will be back once more, we as fans have no right to demand what we want let the person who gave us this show decide. Too many fans think they have a right to decide what happens with a show, just look at Lost all the people who hated the end had decided what they wanted and then got pi$$y when the writers gave them an ending they didn't want, they didn't objectively decide whether it was any good they just whinged.
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No one has expressed any anger or unhappiness towards Graham Linehan or Channel 4 in these comments. Can't people just be a bit bummed out that their favourite shows is ending? That doesn't mean we think we own the show.
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Bill Lawrence has always used actors from his previous shows. Practically all of the Spin City cast was in Scrubs at one point or another with the exception of Charlie Sheen. Can't wait, I'm a huge Scrubs fan and Cougar Town is great. Also looking forward to Charlie Sheen on FX.
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I know this website is about American TV, but if you are going to mention the IT-crowd, you should really tell us about the fact that there will not be a fifth season. There will be an extended special and then it will be over...
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I was just about to report that sad news. Love that show, it's one of those that I can rewatch again and again and again without getting bored even when I know all the jokes by heart.
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Chris O'Dowd will also star in the upcomming film This Is Forty, a kind of sequal to Knocked Up. On a much cooler note about that movie is that the Brittish musician Graham Parker (a pub-rocker who never got the break he clearly deserves). Parker will play a crazy version of himself with his old band the Rumour. The director, Judd Apatow, is a fan and personally asked him if he wanted to be part of it. Even more awesome stuff is that he and his band enjoyed it so much they've reunited and will be releasing a record next year :D

And hell yeah I love Graham Parker and feel no shame in trying to get you nerds to listen to him as well ;)
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Gottfried's controversy was not for getting fired from AFLAC. You need to reword that it was for his tweeting seemingly improper comments about the Japanese Tsunami. He got fired for it.



You also lose a little credibility as a TV.COM columnist pointing out you are not familiar with certain shows and don't know who some actors are. If you are not, just simply post the news for those who do and stop trying to be smart-a** about it.
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Being a TV.com columnist does not mean you're familiar with every single actor and show on the freaking planet. What's the matter, you're offended because someone doesn't watch your show?
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No. My point is that he should just post the news. Why does he feel the need to have an opinion on it? Why is it weird? Who says he HAS to write anything more than the facts? Ringer comments are all over this site, so he should be familiar with that. Andrea Roth can be looked up and maybe, if he had, he would discover a familiar face from other work she's done. Character actors are often known more by face than name anyway. He makes it seem like he has a gun to his head to post something he cares less about and practically whining about it in the process. Just post the information - If you don't know something, you don't know. What's the point otherwise?
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Some of us like smart-ass comments. Especially when I completely identify with them.
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It would be funny if Tricia Helfer was the dog and that's why it hasn't been cast yet.



Why not? They did it on that stupid Wilfrid thing!
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< Scrubs junkie. Not sorry either!
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LOVE Richard Schiff, and I'm hopeful for "Once Upon A Time". I'm going to call this good news. As for the Bill Lawrence news, it's true what you say, but... he makes me laugh repeatedly with now two very funny shows ("Scrubs" and now "Cougar Town"), so I'll call it a win.
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Always wondered about Snow White's daddy, stepmother Witch must have put him under a big spell...Or he could just be an ass. Can't wait to find out!
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