Selma Blair Joins Charlie Sheen In ‘Anger Management’

Blair lands the pivotal female lead in FX's upcoming comedy adaptation.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

When Charlie Sheen returns to television next summer on FX, he won't be coming alone.

Deadline is reporting that Selma Blair has been cast as the female lead of "Anger Management," an upcoming sitcom on FX that is loosely based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler.

Sheen will portray the equivalent of Nicholson's character, who will be a former baseball player with anger issues named Charlie. After his playing days are over, Charlie reinvents himself as an anger management therapist with extremely unorthodox methods. Blair will play Charlie's personal therapist and a potential love interest for him. Actress Shawnee Smith recently signed on to the show as Charlie's ex-wife, with his 13 year-old daughter yet to be cast.

Blair is primarily known as a film actress, with starring roles in the "Hellboy" series, "The Fog," "Legally Blonde," "Cruel Intentions," "The Sweetest Thing" and "Storytelling." However, Blair also starred in the TV series "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane" on the WB network and "Kath & Kim" on NBC, in addition to guest appearances in "Friends," "Xena: Warrior Princess," "Web Therapy" and "Portlandia.

The adaptation of "Anger Management" is being helmed by the creator of "The Drew Carey Show," Bruce Helford. The deal with FX is highly unusually. 10 episodes will be produced for the first season, and if certain ratings thresholds are met, "Anger Management" will get an automatic 90 episode pickup to be filmed on an accelerated schedule over the next two years. The high episode count means that "Anger Management" will also be poised to enter the lucrative syndication market much sooner than most TV series.

"Anger Management" will debut on FX this summer.


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