Anger Management has tapped actress/singer Laura Bell Bundy (Hart of Dixie) as a new Season 2 series regular, filling the void left by departing co-star Selma Blair, FX announced Monday.
Bundy will play Charlie’s latest sex study research partner, Dr. Jordan Denby. Despite being a brilliant psychologist, her recent divorce, fondness for alcohol and wild mood swings turn the bachelor’s life into an emotional roller coaster.
Bundy is not the only addition to the FX comedy as it undergoes some creative revamping following Blair’s abrupt firing mid-production on the 90-episode Season 2. Brian Austin Green, who previously guest-starred as Sean, the boyfriend of Charlie’s ex-wife Jen (portrayed by Shawnee Smith), was made a regular cast member in June.
Bundy — who recurred on Dixie last season — has appeared on How I Met Your Mother and Guiding Light, and was also nominated for a Tony for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical.
The doctor is out.
Confirming recent rumblings, Anger Management producer Lionsgate has announced that Selma Blair‘s days as therapist Dr. Kate Wales have abruptly come to an end, just as the FX sitcom reaches the midway point in shooting its 90-episode second season.
“Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management,” reads a brief statement from the studio, “and we wish her the very best.”
TMZ had reported earlier this week that upon returning from a production hiatus and amid depressed ratings (cue Monday-night showcase on mothership Fox), Blair openly complained about series lead/executive producer Charlie Sheen’s work ethic (or lack thereof). After Sheen got wind of the criticism, he allegedly fired the actress and refused to shoot if she showed up for work.
UPDATE: Deadline reports that Sheen fired Blair via text, and that she was not the only cast member — just the most vocal — to complain about his work habits. Her role will not be recast; instead, a new female character will fill the void as the show quickly revamps upcoming scripts to stay in production.
Blair has been with the show since its summer 2012 premiere, playing the fictional Charlie’s therapist and “friend with benefits.” In her absence, TMZ claims Sheen wants Mila Kunis for a 10-episode arc.
Episode 25 of Anger Management‘s second season airs this Thursday at 9:30.
Is your acting career officially over when you take parts playing yourself? Because if so, Lindsay Lohan is a goner. The red-headed trouble magnet has accepted a role on Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management and will be playing herself. In the series Lindsay finds herself in need of some Anger Management and winds up in Charlie’s group sessions. The guest stint also calls for Lindsay’s “Character” to have a romantic Romp with Charlie.
Back in 2012, Charlie Sheen made headlines when he cut Lindsay a check to help with her highly publicized financial trouble. Things have gotten worse since then with Lindsay moving back in with her mother. I suppose this gig on Anger Management is his way of extending her a hand yet again. Of course if the tabloids are to be believed Lindsay’s career is pretty much unsalavagable at this point with the actress creating a bad reputation for herself on the set of practically anything she’s worked on in recent years.
Who knows, maybe Lindsay will bounce back on Charlie’s set.
There’s a lot of good (and not as good) television going dark early next year, as Homeland, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, and Revolution are all wrapping up their seasons for the year or taking the winter off in favor of a spring return. But that doesn’t mean TV is going to suck in January. And one stud in a 10-gallon hat is going to make sure of that.
FX has announced its winter 2013 premiere dates, highlighted by the return of Justified on January 8. The fourth season of the Southern tale of crazed butchers, backwoods rednecks, and one handsome man who is quick on the draw will see Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) tangling with a cold case and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) going toe-to-toe with a wily Pentecostal preacher.
Anger Management, Charlie Sheen’s multi-cam sitcom, returns January 17 with back-to-back new episodes starting at 9pm, and will be followed by the Season 4 premiere of Archer at 10pm. Sharing the 10pm hour with Archer is the new comedy Legit, which stars Jim Jeffries as an Australian comic who’s looking to live a more legitimate life. I’m trying to find more information on this show, but I haven’t yet, so that’s all you get for now. Finally, a new round of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will also begin January 17 in the 11pm hole.
Adding Justified and Archer to the TV schedule sure takes the pain away from what looks like an otherwise cold, cold winter.
Charlie Sheen isn’t leaving TV anytime soon. FX has renewed Anger Management—its Sheen-starring, Two and a Half Men-esque, multi-camera comedy that’s based loosely on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name—for a whopping “back 90″ episodes. The network announced the renewal this morning via press release, saying that production on Season 2 will begin at the end of September and the show will return to the air in January.
We pretty much knew this news was coming; it was mostly a matter of when (and frankly I’m kind of surprised the show wasn’t renewed earlier). As part of Anger Management‘s original deal, announced when FX first landed the property, if the show did well enough in the ratings in its first ten episodes, it was guaranteed a 90-episode pickup… thus ensuring that it would hit the 100-episode mark typically required for syndication.
According to FX, Anger Management exceeded exceptions, becoming the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, and averaging 4.53 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 18-49 in its first ten episodes.
Did you watch any or all of Season 1? If so, what did you think? Do you think you’ll stick around for the long-haul?
Charlie Sheen is a new man.
With a hit new comedy, Anger Management on FX, making headlines for all the right reasons (great ratings), Sheen was all smiles and in a great mood at the 2012 summer TCA press tour on Saturday morning.
During the panel, Sheen talked about the future of the show (90 episodes!), working with his father Martin Sheen, who is set to join Anger Management as a regular, and whether or not his ex-wife Denise Richards will return to the show. And he also addressed his headline-making behavior from last year. Oh, and he talks about possibly joining Mariah Carey on the American Idol judging panel. Yes, really.
Of course, Sheen was asked about his infamous behavior that dominated headlines last year, including his very public departure from CBS’ Two and a Half Men.
“It was a crazy time. It’s sort of like a dream I couldn’t wake up from…It was a runaway train I couldn’t get off of, and I was the conductor. It’s something that could never happen again, so that’s pretty cool,” Charlie says. “I learned a lot. I learned stick to what you know. I learned, don’t go on a one-man show to 21 cities with no act. My life’s different now that I’m not insane anymore. I’m accountable most of the time.”
Earlier in the day, FX president John Landgraf announced that the show will likely get picked up for its back-90 episodes. While the number seems a bit daunting, Sheen doesn’t seem too worried. “It doesn’t put any pressure on me….That’s something we can’t control…[It's] exciting as hell. I don’t think 90 is going to be enough. I said that out loud, didn’t I? I feel like how we’ve started, we’ve just scratched the surface.”
Should the sitcom be picked up (which is all but official, really), Sheen’s father Martin Sheen will join the cast as a series regular, playing, you guessed it, his father on the show. “He’s great to work with,” Sheen gushes.
Of the season one episode his father does appear in, Sheen says, “I think it’s the best episode we did. That was the last one we shot. So I don’t want to say we peaked, but he brings a whole different energy to it.”
Richards, who guest starred in an episode this season as a love interest for Sheen’s character, is also welcome to return to the FX series, as the actor says, “We had a ball working on the show…she was fabulous on the show. She’ll probably come back and she’s welcome back.”
Executive producer Bruce Helford adds, “She did a great job. It was really nice to have Charlie’s family on the set.”
Last week, Sheen told Ryan Seacrest that he was “genuinely interested” in becoming a judge on American Idol, saying it would be “radical.” And guess what? Sheen is still interested in replacing Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler! “Sure, why not?” he says. “For me, it’s not all about the work, it’s about the experience.”
So have Idol‘s producers been in contact with him about the gig? “No, they put it out there like you heard it for the first time, like I heard it for the first time. [They] have my terms,” he tells us.
Finally, Sheen talked about Kathy Bates playing the ghost of his former Two and a Half Men character on a recent episode of the CBS comedy. “A woman who won an Oscar playing an impossible role…if you read that part in a book, there’s no way that part can come to life, and she did it,” he enthuses. “For her to play me…I thought she was great.”
FX kicked off its portion of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Saturday with two big announcements: Louie has been renewed for a fourth season, and Martin Sheen is poised to become a series regular on son Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management.
The elder Sheen — who would come on board full-time in the event of AM scoring a “very likely” back 90 (yes, 90) order — plays the father of Charlie’s character, Charlie Goodson. He’ll first appear at end of the show’s current first season.
“[Martin's casting will] give an extra dimension to the show and make it a multi-generational family show,” said FX prez John Landgraf. “The show will still deal with his relationship with his patients and the women in his life.” The exec admitted that the critically savaged sitcom “has more growth in it creatively.”
Other highlights from FX’s exec session…
POWERS IN PLAY | On the status of FX’s pilot for the graphic novel-inspired Powers, which didn’t pass muster the first time round, Landgraf expects to have four new scripts to look at, then make a decision on giving it a brand-new go. ”There’s a possibility that some of the original cast members might return,” he said — Jason Patric as the title character included. “But I think it’s likely that we’ll start from scratch and reshoot it.”
BRAND STRENGTH | The cabler has ordered seven more episodes of Brand X with Russell Brand.
WHAT ABOUT WILFRED? | Although he stopped short of announcing a Season 3 renewal for Wildred, Landgraf told reporters he expects the comedy to be around for “many years.”
MORE DRAMA | FX has greenlit a pilot for an American version of the Danish drama The Bridge.