Anger Management Replaces Selma Blair With Broadway Star Laura Bell Bundy
Who wants to volunteer to star opposite Charlie Sheen? If it's just for the hell of it, probably nobody-- Sheen's noxious personality and poor treatment of his co-workers is extremely well-established at this point. But because, somehow, Sheen remains a TV star, a role on his show Anger Management is still a career step-up-- and now Broadway veteran Laura Bell Bundy will be the latest actress to try her luck at Sheen's side.
THR reports that Bundy, a Tony nominee for her starring role in the stage adaptation of Legally Blonde, will be the new female lead on Anger Management, Charlie's research partner in a sex study. The part was originally described as a career-driven woman who hates herself when she eventually becomes attracted to Charlie, but Bundy appears to have transformed it a bit; her character, Dr. Jordan Denby, has some alcohol and mood issues of her own, which ought to her a much more interesting foil to Sheen than yet another woman way too intelligent to put him with his antics. Selma Blair put up with that kind of role for more than 30 episodes, but she hit a breaking point earlier this summer, departing the show after reports about her clashing with Sheen. Fair warning to Bundy: if you don't get along with the show's star, no matter what he's doing to offend you, it will definitely be you who gets the boot.
With Brian Austin Green also now a series regular, Anger Management is shuffling its cast enough to hopefully keep the comedy fresh as it cruises to the midway point of its pre-ordered 100 episodes. Ratings for the show fell sharply earlier this year, but FX is stuck with the show for a long while. And Bundy, if she's "lucky"-- hey, everybody needs a paycheck-- will be stuck with it too.
If you're not a Broadway aficionado you may recognize Bundy from any number of small parts, from a two-year stint on Guiding Light around 2000 to recent recurring roles on both How I Met Your Mother and Hart of Dixie. She's also a country singer; check out her recent single "Two Step" below.
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