Selma Blair To Star In Jay Chandrasekhar’s New Comedy Pilot ‘REALLY’

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By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 5:22pm PDT

Amazon Studios has assembled the cast of Really, a single-camera comedy pilot, written, directed by and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, part of comedy team Broken Lizard. Sarah Chalke will play the female lead opposite Chandrasekhar in the project, executive produced by Jamie Tarses. Also cast in the pilot, fully financed and produced by Main Street Films, are Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur and Collette Wolfe. Really, which was quietly picked up to pilot more than a month ago, revolves around a social and opinionated group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago. It centers on two of them, happily, messily married neurologist Jed (Chandrasekhar) and lawyer/mom Lori (Chalke). Their group of friends includes Fred (Jones) and his wife Joanna (Blair), Mike (Schuldt) and his wife Margaret (Sloane) as well as Hayes (Macarthur) and his significant other Alison (Wolfe). The dynamic in the group changes forever when Jed accidentally catches Mike and Joanna having a sexual liaison.

Chandrasekhar, who directed the pilot for the Amazon comedy series Betas, executive produces with Tarses of Fanfare Prods and Craig Chang and Harrison Kordestani of Main Street Films. Production is set to begin shortly in New Orleans.

At Amazon, Really joins current comedy pilots The Cosmopolitans and Red Oaks, drama pilots Hand Of God and Hysteria and dramedy Cocked. Chandrasekhar is repped by UTA and the Gotham Group; Chalke is with UTA; Blair and Sloane are with Gersh; and Schuldt is with Domain.

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Watch Selma Blair On Craig Ferguson Tonight!

Selma Blair will be making a guest appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson tonight. Don’t miss it!

August 1, 2012

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‘Anger Management’ Scoop: Audience test scores on Charlie Sheen show are in!

If FX was mildly nervous that Charlie Sheen’s public persona may affect his chances for a comeback, this information should come as a huge relief: EW has learned that test audiences who saw the pilot of his new comedy Anger Management recently were both pleased with his new half-hour comedy and eager to see the 46-year-old actor succeed in a new series.

The majority of men and women who attended a screening of the half-hour comedy in California’s San Fernando Valley last week rated the multi-camera pilot favorably, while over 80 percent gave Sheen an enthusiastic thumbs-up for his performance as an unorthodox therapist, according to one well-placed source. The pilot that also features the comeback of Brett Butler as a bartender played even better among women in the 18-34 and 18-49 demographic.

Overall, testing groups indicated that while they were well aware of Sheen’s fall from grace at CBS, they were still excited about his comeback and actually rooting for him to succeed, the source said. Some respondents even went so far as to say they were happy to see the actor in good health.

The female characters also earned good marks for playing strong women who stood up to Sheen’s character, according to the source. Besides Butler, the comedy stars Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf.

Results of the testing aren’t that surprising: Folks at home generally like a good comeback, and Sheen has been on a major mea culpa tour since he was canned from the hit CBS comedy. In fact, Sheen’s off-screen behavior has never seemed to hurt his work. Even while TMZ cranked out salacious headlines about his off-the-set behavior last year, Two and a Half Men remained TV’s No. 1 comedy, with Sheen still as its star. One Harris Poll even listed Sheen as the sixth most popular TV actor last year, behind CBS star Mark Harmon (who was No. 1) but ahead of David Letterman (who was at No. 9).

That said, any type of testing should be taken with a grain of salt. There are plenty of shows that test well (like this season’s The River on ABC) but hobble in their first year, while there are far too many comedies that have tested poorly (See: Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld) that ended up becoming behemoth hits. The makeup of the test audience also has an impact on the results. Did FX pull together a cross-section of America to see Sheen’s pilot or did it just invite its own viewers? FX fans are probably far more open minded and less likely to be offended by anything Sheen has done in his private life.

Anger Management will air on Thursday nights starting June 28. Ten episodes have been ordered, with an additional 90-episode pickup contingent on hitting a certain ratings benchmark. Last July, Sheen told reporters that “I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept.”

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Selma Blair Spills The Beans On Charlie Sheen’s New TV Show

TV WEEK – March 12th, 2012

About to start filming opposite Charlie Sheen in Anger Management new mum Selma Blair admits she’s finding it hard to cope…

Selma Blair might be about to star in one of the most anticipated new TV shows of the year, but she’s also mum to an eight-month-old baby and suffering from a severe lack of sleep. And she admits she’s not functioning very well.

“I’m seriously sleep-deprived; I can barely put a word together,” confirms the actress, who gave birth to son Arthur Saint in July last year. He’s the first child for Selma and her husband, fashion designer Jason Bleick.

Nearly every night, Arthur has been waking up every hour – and for two months, he woke every 20 minutes.

“I have not functioned,” Selma says frankly. “I’d go to these ‘Mommy & Me’ classes and they’d be like, ‘Oh, my God, my kid still wakes up twice a night or once a night,’ and I’d just burst into tears, thinking, ‘Oh, I wish! I wish my child woke up twice a night!'”

The 39-year-old actress was recently cast as the therapist and potential love interest for Charlie Sheen’s character – a baseball player turned anger-management counselor – in sitcom Anger Management.

It’s Charlie’s first big project since leaving Two And A Half Men and it’s set to premiere in the US mid-year. Based on the 2003 film of the same name starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, filming on the show gets underway this month – and Selma has nothing but praise for her new co-star.

“I adore him,” she says of Charlie. “He has a wonderful work ethic… and he’s brutally intelligent.”

But while Selma’s looking forward to starting on the show, she adds she also has to get on track by then.

“I’m definitely struggling right now, like so many mums who are trying to be as close to their child as they can and get back to work,” she says. “It’s such a common problem, but you feel like you’re the only one in the world.”

Selma adds that as it’s so noisy on set, Arthur won’t be able to spend the day in her trailer. But she hopes he can visit, and she plans to keep breastfeeding.

“It’s a real challenge,” she concedes. “I have to figure out how to juggle it.”

And while many women credit breastfeeding with helping them lose their baby weight, that’s not a line you’ll hear from Selma.

“I’m not someone who says, ‘Oh, it fell off,'” she reveals. “I just haven’t gone to the gym enough! I try, but it’s so hard to tear myself away from my baby.”

On top of all that, she’s reeling from a recent scare in the US involving some brands of baby formula.

“I was trying to supplement with formula, and that’s the one they found arsenic in,” she tells. “It’s very daunting, wanting to do the best for your child.”

Selma only settled on acting as a career in her mid-20s after studying English and psychology at university. Her breakthrough role was playing an innocent teenager in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions, even though she was actually 26 at the time.

“Because I was so new to the business and I so looked up to [co-stars] Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan [Phillippe], I felt like a giddy schoolgirl,” she grins.

More hit films followed, including Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing and Hellboy. In 2008, Selma accepted the role of Kim in the US version of Kath & Kim. But it ended up being quite a different project from what she initially signed on for.

“It turned out to be a very bright, bubblegum sort of show,” Selma says. “It was what it was, but I really liked it.”

She isn’t sure why it wasn’t a success.

“But it was fun to play a spoilt kind of adolescent woman,” she laughs.

Afterwards, Selma took on more movie roles, including the lead in Columbus Circle (out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 22). In the thriller, Selma plays a rich heiress who hasn’t left her apartment in nearly 20 years.

“She’s a recluse who was damaged as a child and when she could afford to go into hiding, she did,” the actress explains. “She lives her life pretty much contentedly in her Columbus Circle apartment until people move in across the hallway and shatter her peace.”

Dark Horse was another of Selma’s recent projects – and just five weeks after giving birth, she took Arthur with her to Italy to promote the movie at the Venice Film Festival, before moving on to the Toronto Film Festival and then later making appearances in New York.

“Somehow I was just hanging on,” she shares. “But then it caught up with me – totally – and, since then, I’ve just fallen apart. I need to get myself back together so I can go back to work so I can pay for a house for this baby.”

The exhausted Selma is refreshingly honest about her own experience of motherhood so far.

“It’s one of the most horrendous things that’s ever happened to me, as well as the most amazing,” she admits.

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FX Sets Premiere Date for Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’

Charlie Sheen will be returning to television on Thursday, June 28.
FX on Tuesday revealed its summer schedule, with the return of the ousted Two and a Half Men star Sheen’s new comedy, Anger Management, launching with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m.

After airing the first two of its 10 episodes of the Debmar-Mercury/Lionsgate Television series, the series that stars Sheen as a nontraditional therapist specializing in anger management will return the following week with its third episode on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. with an original episode. The week’s previous installment will air at 9 p.m. Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden and Noureen DeWulf co-star.

Following the hourlong Sheen bow, FX will launch the sophomore season of its Elijah Wood and Jason Gann comedy Wilfred at 10 p.m. Oscar winner Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) will guest star in the premiere.

Following Wilfred, Louis C.K. will return for season three of his critically acclaimed comedy Louie at 10:30 p.m.

Lastly, Russell Brand will make his debut as a late-night host with the series premiere of Strangely Uplifting at 11 p.m. The network has ordered six half-hour episodes that will see the outspoken comedian interact with his live studio audience.

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TMG Picks Up Rights for New Charlie Sheen Sitcom

MUNICH/SANTA MONICA: Tele München Group (TMG) has secured the rights for the upcoming sitcom Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, for Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland from Lionsgate’s international television division.

The sitcom is based on Revolution Studio’s 2003 feature film Anger Management, which starred Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson and Marisa Tomei. It is the Two and a Half Men star’s return to serialized television since his departure from the CBS hit series. The sale to TMG is the show’s third major international territory sale, following Canada and Latin America. The series will begin shooting on March 19 and will premiere on FX in June. FX has committed to an initial order of 100 episodes if the first ten episodes exceed a certain ratings level, which was pre-negotiated between FX and Lionsgate.

Sheen stars as an ex-baseball pro who must fix his anger management issues. The series also includes Shawnee Smith (Saw, Franchise, Becker) as Sheen’s ex-wife and Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde) as his therapist. Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) is showrunner, while Joe Roth is executive producing, along with Sheen and Helford. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television.

“We’re delighted to extend our longstanding relationship with TMG, and we believe their media leadership and reach make them a perfect partner in the German speaking territories of Europe,” said Jim Packer, the president of Lionsgate Worldwide Television and digital distribution. “We expect Anger Management to entertain audiences for many years to come, and we’re pleased to continue the strong momentum we’ve already developed in selling this series in territories around the world.”

“We are looking forward to bringing another highly entertaining sitcom with Charlie Sheen to screens all around the German-speaking world, and we are proud of our partnership with Lionsgate, whose track record is proof of outstanding quality,” said Herbert Kloiber, the chairman of TMG.

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Selma Blair Cast In Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’

It’s official! Selma Blair has been cast in Charlie Sheen’s new FX dark comedy Anger Management.

Blair, who last starred in the NBC comedy “Kath & Kim,” will play Kate. According to EW.com, Kate, who’s described as Charlie’s “best friend with benefits,” a fellow therapist who helps Charlie control his anger and uses radical approach with patients.

“Anger Management” will see Sheen playing a therapist who leads two therapy groups — one in a prison and one un-incarcerated. He also lives a complicated life, including an ex-wife (Shawnee Smith) and 13-year-old obsessive compulsive daughter. FX has ordered 10 initial episodes, and as long as those episodes reach a certain ratings mark, Sheen’s series will be greenlit for an unprecedented 90 additional episodes.

During the winter Television Critics Association press tour, showrunner Bruce Helford told a group of critics that, “Everyone in the world calls to say they want to do [this] show.”

A premiere date for “Anger Management” has not yet been set, but production is reportedly set to start in March.

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