FX president John Landgraf has defended his decision to commission Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management.
He told reporters at the Television Critics’ Association press tour in Pasadena that he believes the actor should be offered a chance at redemption, according to E! Online.
“Charlie wants to get his house in order,” said 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.”
The network executive also admitted to being “sceptical” when the show was pitched, but explained that he was won over by the way the idea was presented.
“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.”
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