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'Anger Management' premiere review: Charlie Sheen takes a conservative, contradictory route back to sitcom stardom

For a guy who prides himself in interviews on his wildness and his lust for new experiences, Charlie Sheen adheres to a conservative business model when it’s time to make money: the laugh-tracked, multi-camera sitcom, for Two and a Half Men and now Anger Management, which premiered on FX Thursday night. Based loosely on the 2003 Adam Sandler film of the same name, the FX version of Anger stars Sheen as Charlie Goodson, an ex-baseball player turned anger-management therapist. The idea is that Charlie’s had anger issues himself, and this makes him a good, or at least qualified, counselor.  READ FULL STORY

'Two and a Half Men' review: 'Why We Gave Up Women,' or: Why did Kathy Bates do this?

I suppose it was for a lark, a few laughs, Kathy Bates agreeing to the stunt-casting of herself playing the ghost of Charlie Harper in this week’s Two and a Half Men episode titled “Why We Gave Up Women.” Well, I hope she had some giggles on the set, because they certainly weren’t on the screen. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' mid season premiere: Asperger's syndrome gets the Cartman treatment

South Park returned for its mid season 15 premiere, picking up where the show left off, with the malaise of “You’re Getting Old” having deepened heavily. Stan’s morose conviction that the world has become filled with, ah, excrement is only increased when he faces a fall filled with Terra Nova and Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men, both of which were mercilessly ridiculed. Oh, and he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. READ FULL STORY

'Mike & Molly' season premiere review: Is this show worthy of Melissa McCarthy and an Emmy?

Before Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy for her performance in it, Mike & Molly was known primarily as the third hit show producer Chuck Lorre had running on CBS. Last September, McCarthy was still known primarily to most of us as Gilmore Girls‘ Sookie, and co-star Billy Gardell had been a funny stand-up comic. Now, however, after her break-out film performance in Bridesmaids and copping a surprise Emmy, McCarthy is looking like a big fish in a small, slightly fetid sitcom pond. READ FULL STORY

What I got wrong, and right, in my Emmy predictions

Never have I been so glad to be wrong… in just a couple of Emmy categories. I’m certainly not going to whine about not predicting such superb surprise nominations as Louie CK, Timothy Olyphant, and Walton Goggins.

Yes, I’m doing my due diligence in following up on my Emmy predictions post yesterday; I owe it to you to own up to my miscalculations… and crow about my perspicacity! READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with host Ed Helms: Your opinion is desired.

Ed Helms hosts Saturday Night Live this week, with Paul Simon as the music guest. Helms’ comic style — the intelligently effusive — should serve him well in the SNL universe. The former Daily Show correspondent, current co-star of The Office, and READ FULL STORY

'Comedy Awards' review: Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, David Letterman, Bill Murray helped to save it

Comedy Central’s first annual Comedy Awards was a curious mixture of really funny and really boring, so chock-full of funny people squeezed into two hours that only a few of them stood out effectively. We’ll see about that “annual” thing. READ FULL STORY

'House' spoofed 'Two and a Half Men,' 'The Walking Dead,' and bad soap opera: A review

Oh, that House: Just when you think the series has become a ridiculous soap opera, it becomes… an accidentally timely ridiculous soap opera. READ FULL STORY

ABC's Charlie Sheen '20/20' review: 'I blinked and I cured my brain.' Now blink and erase our memories of you, Charlie

Now it’s clear why Charlie Sheen was scurrying around the past two days, giving interviews to everyone from Piers Morgan to Howard Stern: He was trying for some advance damage control for the scattered, ego-blasted sit-down he’d taped for ABC’s 20/20, shown on Tuesday night. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen, live on CNN with Piers Morgan, says, 'I'm super-bitchin',' has received support from Mel Gibson and Sean Penn

Charlie Sheen made a sudden live appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, carrying test results that declared him drug-free and proclaimed, “I’m super-bitchin’ [and] I don’t believe myself to be an addict.” Morgan called Sheen “the Che Guevara of television” and “one of life’s great characters.”


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