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Sheen to star in sitcom 'Anger Management'

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sheen jokes it's a "stretch" to play someone with anger management issues
  • The sitcom has not been sold to a network
  • Sheen will have "a significant ownership stake" in the series

(CNN) -- Charlie Sheen is returning to series TV in a sitcom that plays on the image he cultivated this year amid his publicly vented fury over being fired from "Two and a Half Men."

The actor and self-declared professional "winner" will star in "Anger Management," he announced Monday.

"I chose 'Anger Management' because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept," Sheen said in a statement.

The sitcom has not yet been sold to a network.

As part of the deal, Sheen will not only star but also "retain a significant ownership stake in the series," according to a news release announcing the project.

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Based on a 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson film, the sitcom will be produced by Lionsgate Television and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, which is owned by Lionsgate.

In the movie, a "mild-mannered, non-confrontational man is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself," the news release noted.

Sheen said the deal "provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth."

While Sheen's antics, drug problems -- although he has said he no longer does drugs -- and run-ins with the law have garnered a lot of attention in recent years, executives overseeing "Anger Management" praised his acting chops.

"It's not every day you can roll out a sitcom featuring the star of the biggest TV comedy of the past decade," said

Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.

Sheen was replaced on CBS's "Two and a Half Men" by Ashton Kutcher.

 
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