FX took a pretty substantial leap of faith on Anger Management when they ordered the back-90 episodes of the series, taking the original 10-episode to a full 100 episodes. Unfortunately, the series hasn't exactly thrived in the ratings, resulting in a recent temporary-move to Fox for a bit of added support in the form of major network exposure. But on the bright side, the show, which stars ousted Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, hasn't had much controversy since it debuted last year… until this week. As the series inches closer to its one-year anniversary, TMZ reports some serious sounding issues between Sheen and his co-star Selma Blair, which goes as far as to say that Sheen fired Blair, though that may not be official. And there's a follow-up to that situation, but we'll get to that in a second.
According to TMZ's report, Blair complained to Anger Management producers that Sheen has a shoddy work ethic, was late to set all the time and was "a menace to work with." And reportedly, Sheen found out about it and was very upset, pointing out that he's the star of the show and has to learn 40 pages of lines per episode by comparison to her 2. That sounds like a slight as much as it is an excuse or some kind of defense to her claims. Regardless, TMZ says he claims to have fired her, though it's not clear if that was official. And he reportedly gave the producers an ultimatum, stating that if Blair showed up to the set on Monday, he wouldn't work. The site goes on to mention that they hear Sheen wants to get Mila Kunis on the show for a 10-episode arc, with an offer of $1 million per episode.
Deadline has since run a follow-up piece on TMZ's report, stating that that producers of the comedy series are "hunkered down" trying to work things out. As for Blair's status on the show, that remains unclear and from the sound of it, no one's talking. But as Deadline points out, Blair was Sheen's choice for the role of Dr. Kate Wales, fellow therapist and friends with benefits to Sheen's Charlie Goodson. So it doesn't sound like there were any issues between the two actors prior to the series.
We'll have to wait and see what comes of this ordeal. In the meantime, if there's a bright side to this, the controversy could give the comedy a bit more exposure, and given the ratings slip - though the show's numbers have seen an uptick since airing on Fox - that wouldn't be such a bad thing. But the better news would be that things worked out amicably for all parties involved.
34 episodes of the series' 100 have aired so far, with Episdoe 35 - "Charlie and the Airport Sex" set to air this Thursday. Watch the preview for the episode here:
Anger Management airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on FX.