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Charlie Sheen's New Sitcom Snags a Butler

The FX comedy scores a controversial sidekick to go with its June premiere date

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 29, 2012 3:25PM
Photo courtesy ABCLooks like Charlie Sheen will be back on a small screen near you before you really even have a chance to miss him.

That's right, the troubled TV star's new show, an FX take on the hit 2003 film "Anger Management," scored a Thursday, June 28 premiere date, meaning the former "Two and A Half Men" star will be winning all summer.

And to amp up the controversy surrounding the show, the network, home to hits like "Justified" and "American Horror Story," as well as many, many repeats of "Two and A Half Men," has already cast one of Sheen's equally acerbic sidekicks -- the formerly MIA actress Brett Butler.

Butler, you'll recall, was quite the polarizing figure herself as the star of ABC's mid-90s comedy hit "Grace Under Fire," on which she played a divorced, recovering alcoholic mom. According to a report by, Butler, whose earlier show was also helmed by "Men" creator Chuck Lorre, will play a bartender named Brett.

And the actress, who has had substance abuse issues -- including a long-running addiction to painkillers -- of her own in the past, defended Sheen when during his media maelstrom last year. "I know this," she told TV Guide. "Charlie Sheen has huge talent." 

Now 12 years sober herself, Butler said last year that she was "starting to put a toe in the water again," acting-wise. "I think something will happen when the right person remembers me and knows that I'm available. [But] I'll always have to look people in the eye and tell them I'm okay."

Between Sheen and Butler, it looks like "Anger Management" producer Bruce Helford ("George Lopez," "Freddie") will have his hands full. But he clearly knows what he's getting into -- and it will pay off big-time, at least publicity-wise.
Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" premieres Thursday, June 28, on FX.

Feb 29, 2012 6:14PM
Neither one will be able to stay sober long enough to remember their lines.  Another way for Hollywood to push money to their druggie friends.
Mar 1, 2012 7:56AM

Really?  That is the best you can get for a supporting cast? Two issues with that. 1) Brett Butler in another sitcom? 2) Brett Butler is not funny. She was not funny twenty years ago which is why everyone forgot about her.

Mar 1, 2012 9:01AM
Feb 29, 2012 9:16PM
I haven't forgiven Brett Butler for her abhorent behaviour towards the young boy who played her son on her show, and I won't. She and Sheen have both proven what they are. I wish everyone around them a whole lot of luck.
Mar 1, 2012 9:02AM
This is NOT a good idea and I like Charlie!
Feb 29, 2012 9:30PM
Charlie and his buddies have been making some funny political videos:​ukrxc2
Mar 6, 2012 11:22AM
I could care less about Charlie Sheen, but will tune in to see Brett Butler.
Mar 1, 2012 9:28AM

Glad to here th news cant wait to see the show! Charlie if you come to south carolina look me up for a blast on the town


Mar 5, 2012 3:22PM
The George Lopez show is HORRIBLE. The scripts are horrible. The acting is horrible

This is WHY I turned off my tv because of poor quality shows like this.

Mar 4, 2012 7:24PM
What about the Direct TV commercial, that was brilliant "Don't end up like Charlie Sheen" An epidemic of substance abuse, if your hooked  basically you are screwed

Charlie Sheen's new show is going to be a hit, and with the addition of Brett Butler, who in her own capacity can carry a show, is equally an added incentive to add her fans into the mix. Charlie is an explosive performer who never disappoints and from previous shows has shown that he can be equally funny given the right staff and writers. I'll be waiting!

Mar 5, 2012 7:52PM
I loved Charllie Sheen and Two and  a  Half  Men suck without him!!!!
Feb 29, 2012 10:10PM

Now if only they can get Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton to sign on ...


Mar 1, 2012 9:23AM
I am happy for charlie. I look forward to his new show. I still watch 2 and half men every night. the reruns though. It is so funny.
Mar 1, 2012 7:37AM
they are gonna kill!! can't wait to see sheen and butler back on the small screen.
Mar 1, 2012 9:57AM
I was just wondering what happened to her the other day, wierd.  I just hope this show is better than the "New 2.5...."  That show does suck and is really stupid.  Sheen was right to pan it.  The writing is lame, I can't buy the characterisation, the new characters are weak,  the storyline has gone south, and the blunt humor is not funny.  It succeeded one season because it was a novelty now it needs to be put down.  Really, can you buy Kelso as a computer genius with a billion dollars?  I hate the way Kelso never has a shirt on and the writers think if they say masturbate, fart, or weed we are supposed to laugh.
Feb 29, 2012 8:51PM
Oh I can't wait. Two and a Half Men has been such a bore without him. I can't wait till the new show.
Feb 29, 2012 8:06PM

I am loving this news. Charlie i have been missing him and Brett yes a show

that is fondly remembered. For those of you downers after being off the

booze for 12 or so years deserves a pat on the back not a degrading remark!! 

I've got my calendar marked and will email all friends...After all this is

big news "Charlie Sheen" is back live and in living color....Thanks Chuck for the luck.

Feb 29, 2012 8:32PM
If Charlie ,and Bruce Helford surrounds themselves with the best funny people in the business they will do well. Brett was very funny in "Grace under Fire". Good comedy writing,and a funny group of actors,  and actress will make a for a good show. Looking forward to seeing the new show.
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