Charlie’s tale of redemption
Mr Sheen tries to polish his image in writes of
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