'Anger Management' on Track for 90-Episode Pickup; Guess Who Will Be Playing Charlie Sheen's Dad? AP
Charlie Sheen's new television show "Anger Management" is likely to receive a 90-episode pickup, while FX plans to add Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, in a recurring role, reports the Associated Press.
Martin Sheen will play the father of Charlie Sheen's character, an anger-management therapist, the story notes. Martin Sheen is set to debut as a guest star in an Aug. 16 episode.
Adding the older Sheen "will give an extra dimension and make it a multi-generational family show," FX President John Landgraf said.
With the pickup, the show would tape a total of 100 episodes across only two years, a cost-saving schedule that leaves no time for rehearsals, according to executive producer Bruce Helford.
The actors at first "felt like basically they were on the ledge. But by the third episode, everyone found the characters to the point that the writers were following their lead," Helford said, according to the story.
Charlie Sheen, who appeared at a Television Critics Association panel, addressed the period after his departure from "Two and a Half Men," when he started a stage tour called "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option." Sheen advised, "Don't go on the road with a one-man show in 21 cities without an act."
He added, "I'm not insane anymore."