It’s no real surprise, since her name has been at the top of the list for some time, but the word came down officially today: Selma Blair will star opposite Charlie Sheen in the new comedy Anger Management. The series, which will air on FX, will be Sheen’s return to the small screen after what can only be described as a meltdown of monumental proportions.

Deadline had the official announcement today that Blair has been chosen to play the lead in the new series. She was among the actresses who tested for the two female roles and was considered a front-runner for this spot from Day 1, so this news shouldn’t surprise anyone. She’ll play Sheen’s therapist and his love interest as well. Sheen is apparently looking forward to working with Blair; he said in an interview with Access Hollywood that Blair “has never really had the chance to do something where she can shine.” He also mentioned not once, but twice how pretty she is. Because talent is one thing, but after all, this is Hollywood.

Blair’s casting fills the second major female role on the series, which already has a 10 episode order from FX. Shawnee Smith was cast last week in the other lead as Sheen’s ex-wife. Perhaps she can take tips from real-life ex Denise Richards, who divorced Sheen and ran for the hills in 2005.

Blair has had plenty of work but mostly flown under the radar; this opportunity might be just what she needs to show what she can do. And of course, how pretty she is, right Charlie?

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