“Anger Management,” Charlie Sheen’s return to television after last year’s very public meltdown, fight with “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre and dismissal from the show, premieres Thursday, June 28 at 9pm on FX. And if that doesn’t work out, well, Sheen claims he’s done with TV. From his interview with the New York Times:
Do you have a plan for what comes after “Anger Management”? Would you like to be spending more time with your kids?
Absolutely, absolutely. When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks. And when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song.
Yeah, man, I’ve been doing this 30 years. And there’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know? I mean, I’m grateful. I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space. I’m also aware of the fact that you don’t get these kinds of shots in the same lifetime. You’re only supposed to have one hit show, unless you’re Kelsey Grammer.
Sheen’s recent round of press promoting the new series has been deliberately grounded and aggressively sane, with no more claims of having “tiger blood” or being a “total bitchin’ rock star from Mars,” and — not to be cynical — this insistence on being done with the business and ready to spend quality time with his family fit right in with that messaging. In promo spots for the show like the one below, FX has also played off of Sheen’s public persona and desire for showbiz redemption.