Charlie Sheen is set to make his triumphant return to television on June 28 when his new comedy, “Anger Management,” debuts on FX. But are audiences willing to get invested in Sheen after his rather epic “Two and a Half Men” crash-and-burn?
“Come on. Everyone deserves a 24th chance,” he urges fans in the show’s new promo spot, below. “What’s the worst that can happen?”
Test audiences have responded positively to “Anger Management,” in which Sheen once again plays a character named Charlie, just as he did on “Spin City” and “Two and a Half Men.” Though Charlie Goodson is certainly no Charlie Harper, they do share a few similar traits — like their fondness for women. Lots of women.
Expect to see Charlie on plenty of dates. In the first handful of episodes, he’s linked to everyone from his therapist (Selma Blair) to a 23-year-old ditzy blonde to a grey-haired obsessive compulsive named Judy. Sort of. We’ll also meet his ex-wife, Jennifer (Shawnee Smith), who he’s still surprisingly close to, and their precocious daughter, Emma (Daniela Bobadilla), who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder herself. Originally written as a 13-year-old but obviously aged up a bit — Bobadilla is 19 — Emma is all too wise to her father’s womanizing ways.
Plenty of the fun will also come from the various characters in Charlie’s anger management counseling sessions. Though Charlie Goodson isn’t quite as crazy as Jack Nicholson’s character in the 2003 movie, there’s definitely a sense that he doesn’t have his life together enough to be coaching volatile people.