June 29th, 2012
12:16 PM ET
You have to hand it to Charlie Sheen: the man can deliver a one-liner with the best of them.
He's had lots and lots of practice, of course, especially with all of those seasons on "Two and a Half Men." That is, until Things Went Terribly Wrong.
So now, one highly publicized Hollywood meltdown later, Sheen is back on TV. But this time he's on FX, doing ... a sitcom in front of a live studio audience.
Yes, lovable Sitcom Sheen has returned. (Hey, if it ain't broke...)
Thursday night's two-episode series premiere of "Anger Management" (which shares a title, and nothing more, with the 2003 Adam Sandler movie) presented Sheen in an interesting role as a therapist who's discovered that he needs to return to therapy himself. Except that he's sleeping with his former therapist (Selma Blair). Aye, there's the rub.
Sheen and Blair have great chemistry together, and it's not exactly a stretch for Sheen to play a former baseball player named Charlie.
This new Charlie also tangled with his ex's boyfriend, played by Brian Austin Green, and we heard the occasional witty retort from a bartender played by Brett Butler (who also had her share of problems with "Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre).
The first episode was the kind of show which absolutely insisted on its funniness, but did elicit a chuckle or two. It's the second episode where things got bad.
"Reno 911's" Kerri Kinney, one of the best comic actresses out there, played the "Slumpbuster," a woman Charlie slept with years ago in a superstitious attempt to get over a baseball slump.
She returned to his therapy group, and before you knew it, he ended up having to pretend to be in a relationship with her - which, of course, his ex loved.
"Anger Management" does have an impressive supporting cast, but the show ultimately goes for the obvious laugh or plotline.
But perhaps most episodes will be closer to the first one, and if so, it has a little potential. Yet judging from what we saw Thursday night, "Anger Management" needs professional help.
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