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Charlie Sheen makes an adept return to television in “Anger Management”

Melissa Hayer Published: June 25, 2012
ANGER MANAGEMENT: Charlie Sheen. ANGER MANAGEMENT premieres June 28 on FX. CR: Frank Ockenfels / FX.
ANGER MANAGEMENT: Charlie Sheen. ANGER MANAGEMENT premieres June 28 on FX. CR: Frank Ockenfels / FX.

 

Charlie Sheen is proficient in his return to primetime television in the new FX comedy “Anger Management,” which premieres with two back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 28.

The series then moves to its regular timeslot at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays on FX.

Sheen stars as “Charlie,” a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management – and a man who has battled anger issues in his own personal life.

Before becoming a therapist, he was a major league baseball player whose job ended when he tried to break a bat over his leg in a rage, causing a career-ending injury.

Now he’s dealing with relationships involving his own therapist/best friend Kate (Selma Blair), his ex-wife Jennifer (Shawnee Smith) and his 15-year-old, OCD-plagued daughter Sam (Daniela Bobadilla), as well as treating the group of patients he sees for anger management issues at his in-home practice.

Barry Corbin, Michael Boatman, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden and Derek Richardson are also among the cast.

As in his previous series “Two and a Half Men,” Sheen is playing a character with personality traits similar to his own and it’s a formula that works for him.

Although the first couple of episodes are a little uneven, Sheen and the show have their humorous moments, and, especially in the second episode, the actor conveys a kindheartedness that makes his character appealing.

Overall, it’s a satisfactory return to TV for Sheen.

– Melissa Hayer

mhayer@opubco.com

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