Char­lie’s tale of re­demp­tion

Mr Sheen tries to pol­ish his im­age in writes of

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Lacey (Noureen DeWulf) an­nounces that her boyfriend cheated on her so she ‘‘shot him in the (tes­ti­cles)’’. See, jokes about nail­ing a guy in his pri­vates – not that dif­fer­ent from Two And A Half Men.

But the gen­eral theme of Anger Man­age­ment – the re­demp­tion of Char­lie Good­son, echo­ing Sheen’s at­tempts to re­deem him­self – is dif­fer­ent (and softer), if overly cal­cu­lated. The show’s writ­ers pur­sue this theme with all the expected sit­com tropes, in­clud­ing Char­lie in­ter­act­ing with a homely fe­male stalker, a plot that should also be fa­mil­iar to Two And A Half Men fans.

Sheen looks health­ier in Anger Man­age­ment than he did at the end of his Two And A Half Men run, and at least one crew mem­ber says the ac­tor was un­der con­trol and didn’t cause prob­lems dur­ing pro­duc­tion of the ini­tial episodes.

In an un­usual ar­range­ment, the pro­duc­tion com­pany be­hind Anger Man­age­ment made a deal with FX net­work that if the show hits a cer­tain rat­ings tar­get, FX will au­to­mat­i­cally or­der an ad­di­tional 90 episodes.

Whether or not Sheen de­serves an­other chance on TV – an open ques­tion given his past mis­deeds – will be up to view­ers, who vote with their re­motes, to de­cide. Pre­miere se­ries, Tuesdays, 8.30pm, Nine, NBN.

Char­lie Sheen as pro­fes­sional base­ball player-turned-ther­a­pist Char­lie Good­son and Selma Blair as Kate Wales in

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