25. Anger Management (FX)
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Michael Arden, Daniela Bobadilla, Derek Richardson, Noureen DeWulf
Premiere date: June 28
OK, blame us all you want for shamelessly continuing the increasingly ridiculous farce that was Charlie Sheen’s 2011 downward spiral of unaware self-parody. The shame partially remains, but something else also lingers: the memory of how funny Sheen used to be before the whole Two and a Half Men debacle.
Which is why we’re so willing to give Mr. Tiger Blood’s new FX sitcom, Anger Management (based on the amusing 2003 flick starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson), a no-questions-asked shot. On the cable network known for pushing comedy’s edges (see: Louie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Sheen begins his comeback trail as a former minor league baseball star coping with his own temperament problems as he counsels easily irritable patients in professional therapy.
Look for (hopefully) livewire chemistry between Sheen and Selma Blair, the slept-on comedic talent playing his therapist here. But, mainly, give Anger Management a chance simply to see if 2011’s biggest joke can evolve into 2012’s most welcome revitalization subject. Think of it this way: If Anger Management fails, Sheen could very well go on another bender and take front-page headlines away from legitimately important world issues. You’ve been warned. —M.B.