Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Which Networks Might Be Interested In Charlie

Which TV network might air a Charlie Sheen sitcom loosely based on the movie Anger Management? With the announcement of the planned project Monday, buzz centered around several cable outlets and broadcast groups that could be homes for the show from syndicator Debmar-Mercury, a subsidiary of Lionsgate.

But one obvious potential buyer, TBS, is not among those in line. Like Warner Bros. the producer of Sheen’s last sitcom Two And A Half Men, TBS is part of Time Warner. With Warners and Sheen locked in a heated arbitration over his firing from TV's No. 1 sitcom, a deal with any Time Warner owned company is unlikely.

Among the cable outlets that might be interested in Sheen’s services are the News Corp.-owned FX, which carries Two and a Half Men reruns; Viacom’s Comedy Central (which has previously partnered with Debmar-Mercury) and male-focused Spike TV; and potentially USA Network.

On the broadcast side, the station groups owned by Fox and Tribune are expected to seriously consider the Sheen show.

Finding a top showrunner for the project is a priority. That could be a tough task given that Sheen's last boss, Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, was trashed in the media and sued by the actor.

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