Charlie Sheen may have been unceremoniously dumped from CBS’s Two And A Half Men nearly a year and a half ago, but it was inevitable that the troubled star would eventually get another shot on the small screen.
Sheen’s next show, the FX sitcom Anger Management, is set to debut on June 28. In the show, Sheen stars as a therapist who helps others deal with their anger but struggles to control his own.
An initial run of 10 episodes of Anger Management will air on the cable network and, if those episodes are a success, an additional 90 will be shot over the next two years. While that may sound like a staggering number of episodes, keep in mind that 80-100 episodes are needed for a show to hit syndication, which is where the real money is made.
Sounds like a perfect plan, right? There’s just one problem. Mere weeks before Anger Management debuts, Sheen is talking like a man who no longer has any interest in being a television star.
“I’ve been doing this 30 years and there’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe,” Sheen told the New York Times. “I’m grateful. I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space.”
He added: “When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks. And when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song.”
So, it sounds like Sheen is committed to Anger Management and seeing that show through to the end. Still, it’s difficult to imagine his wildly dynamic personality remaining steady throughout the filming of 100 episodes over the next few years.