October 28, 2011 in Features

Sheen lands job on FX sitcom

From Wire Reports
 
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Charlie Sheen will play a therapist in need of counseling in “Anger Management.”
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Charlie Sheen is coming back to TV in a new sitcom.

The FX channel says it has ordered 10 episodes of “Anger Management,” based on the 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson movie. The show will air in summer 2012.

Sheen, who will play a therapist in need of counseling, will have a “significant ownership stake” in the series.

He was fired last March from CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” after clashing with the show’s producers, and Ashton Kutcher replaced him.

‘Dead’ keep walking

AMC has renewed zombie drama “The Walking Dead” for a third season.

Now in its second season, the series has brought in impressive ratings in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic. This season’s 90-minute premiere, which aired Oct. 16, drew 7.3 million total viewers – with 4.8 million in that age group.

It follows a group of survivors searching for security after a zombie apocalypse.

The 13-episode second season will take a break over the holidays, with the remaining six episodes returning in February.

‘Homeland’ settles in

“Homeland,” Showtime’s acclaimed espionage drama starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, has been renewed for a second season.

The series, which drew 4.4 million viewers in its first week, is the premium cable network’s highest-rated freshman drama ever.

It features Danes as a troubled CIA agent who is convinced that a U.S. soldier (Lewis) who is being hailed as a hero after eight years in captivity could be planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Occupying MTV

The Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to MTV for an episode of the documentary series “True Life.”

The show will follow three young people on the front lines in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. MTV embedded its cameras over a two-week period to capture protesters’ activities and explore what motivates them.

The episode is scheduled to air Nov. 5.

Rose to bloom earlier?

PBS late-night interviewer Charlie Rose may soon be a morning person.

Rose acknowledged in an interview with Newsweek that he’s talked with CBS News about being a host on “The Early Show,” the two-hour competitor to NBC’s “Today” show and “Good Morning America” on ABC.

The New York Post also reported that Gayle King of the Oprah Winfrey Network has talked to CBS about the morning show.

“The Early Show” has taken a serious turn lately, emphasizing more political and international news.


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