By DiMarkco Chandler
Will somebody tell Charlie Sheen it’s time he get off his rump and get some counselling? The truth is that when nobody else would, FX took a bet on Charlie Sheen this summer, and now it appears that they will pay dearly for it. Their incentive to ordering 10 episodes of the scripted comedy if ratings remained high is all but out the window.
The series is based on the 2003 slapstick comedy film that starred Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson is living up to the first week’s critiques assessment. Sheen plays the role originally played by Nicholson in the film, and it’s his first acting role since his firing back in March of 2011 from CBS’s hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”
For those of you that have not seen the show, Charlie Sheen is an unorthodox therapist that specializes in anger management. As a successful therapist, Sheen finds a way to take care of his daily patients while also providing free services to inmates at a state prison. Before achieving professional success as a therapist, viewers learn that Sheen’s character was sidetracked from his Major League Baseball dreams because of his personal struggle with handling his own anger. With the help of a female therapist, he was able to make it to the majors and through one great season only to have his anger issues prevent him from continuing on with his athletic career. In his final at bat, he got so angry that he snapped his bat over his leg, resulting in a career-ending injury. Following this incident, the Sheen character returns to school in order to obtain his degree as a therapist, but his life nevertheless continues to have its ups and downs because of several complicated relationships with women.
The rating results for the first two episodes left Sheen standing victorious in the winner’s circle as the premiere of “Anger Management” managed to make history as the most-watched scripted comedy series debut ever produced for primetime cable TV. Sheen delivered 5.5 million viewers on the first night and 5.7 viewers for the second episode. Last Thursday, the show managed to deliver 2.4 million viewers down 28 percent from the previous week.
To sweeten up the dramatic expectations, FX cut a deal and gambled with Sheen, offering to order 90 additional episodes if the series hit a certain consistent rating number. I’m afraid they picked the wrong guy to wager a bet like that with because Sheen will fail to meet their expectations.
So if you think Charlie Sheen is going anywhere other than to the poorhouse, think again because the only way Charlie is going to be able to get an contract extension for “Anger Management” is if he get counseling for himself.