Though he sat beside many of his co-stars, Charlie Sheen was, naturally, the focus of FX’s “Anger Management” panel at the Television Critics Association Saturday—something the star felt more than a little embarrassed about. “I’m here with my whole cast, you know,” he told critics. But the questions kept coming.
 
With a back 90 eps for the series highly likely, noted by John Landgraf during an executive session just prior, Sheen appeared elated: “I don’t think 90 is gonna to be enough. I said that out loud, didn’t I? I feel with how we started that we’ve just scratched the surface, barely.”
 
Martin Sheen is set to play a recurring roll on the show, as the character’s dad. On the kind of pop he was growing up, we saw a bit of the old Charlie: “He was awesome. He tells stories I can’t recall….. He was a regular dad, except he just took us all over the world making movies…. What was the question?”
 
On the star’s recent bout of media-recorded insanity Sheen said, “I learned stick to what you know. Don’t go on the road with a one man show in 33 days in 21 cities with no act.” With more creative freedom this time around, showrunner/writer Bruce Helford seemed convinced that Sheen’s new sitcom is a healthier alternative to “Two and a Half Men,” since the star has a lot more creative input. “Your creative juices are flowing, everything is better for you. You look forward to going to work because you have a say in what you’re doing.”
 
Helford could not complement his cast enough, noting that there’s no real rehearsal for the show, which helps deliver a lot of “gut” performances. “I’ve learned you can’t tell someone the result they need to play because then they never get there organically,” he said. “So it’s a really tough process, and my hat’s off to everybody.”
 

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