FX President John Landgraf met with reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, CA 1/15 and defended his decision to greenlight Charlie Sheen’s new comedy “Anger Management” without having seen a single page of the script. The show is set to debut in June.
“I walked into the pitch as skeptical as you might imagine I would be,” Landgraf told reporters. “It was just a really excellent pitch…I saw a really good pitch for a comedy series. Funny and complicated and I think the character he ought to be playing at this point—somebody with a checkered past but pretty self aware.”
One reporter questioned whether Sheen’s history of domestic abuse makes him an appropriate star to have on the network.
“Charlie wants to get his house in order,” replied Landgraf, “and deal with the issues of substance abuse and relationships within his own family, and have greater consciousness, and do a show where he has more complicatedly positive relationships with women. My opinion is that could be a good thing, not just for Charlie, but for society. I believe in redemption…I’m all for giving him the opportunity for turning things around.”