FX Prez Explains Why He Said Yes to New Sheen Sitcom

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Charlie Sheen will be back on TV in June when FX launches his new series “Anger Management,” at the same time that “Louie” and “Wilfred” will return, FX announced.

FX President and General Manager John Landgraf told reporters gathered at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in California that on meeting Sheen and “Anger Management” executive producer Bruce Helford he was “skeptical as you might imagine,” but that “it really was an excellent pitch.”

Landgraf, who says that FX is a “network that likes to take risks,” has yet to see a full script of an episode, just plotlines, which include Sheen raising a daughter and having a positive relationship with his ex-wife.

“I don’t know if it will premiere big and drop like a stone,” Landgraf said of “Anger Management.” “Charlie really wants to do this. He is committed. He is a gifted comedic actor — one of the best sitcom leads you can get. Bruce Helford is a good show runner and I liked the idea. I thought the pitch was really good. Beyond that, everything is a roll of the dice. Sometimes it comes up the number you want; sometimes it doesn’t.”

When questioned about whether or not Sheen should have a place in pop culture following his very public meltdown and firing from “Two and a Half Men” last year, Landgraf said, “For me, I think that if Charlie wants to get his house in order and that encompasses his issues with substance abuse, his own family and his desire to have a greater public persona and he wants to do a show where his character has more complicated relationships with women … That could be a really good thing. Not just for Charlie but society. I believe in redemption.”

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