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.