BEVERLY HILLS — Martin Sheen, father of Charlie (who else?), will join his son's new FX comedy, "Anger Management" as a regular, the network announced this morning.
John Landgraf, FX chief, said Sheen will play the father to Charlie Sheen's character, which will bring the sitcom more "multigenerational family" format like "Two and a Half Men," he said.
Sheen's series — his first since the spectacular flameout on "Men" — got some flak from critics when it launched but ratings have been decent.
Landgraf said the odds are now "overwhelming" that the network will pick up the entire 90 episodes that were originally agreed upon (most series are happy to get a 13-episode order.)
Sheen, on stage at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom for the ongoing TV critics press tour, said of his father's character that "we have incorporated certain things [in the story line] that are specific to me as a wink and a nod."
Sheen was asked about his well-publicized travails of last year: "It was a crazy time, a dream I couldn't wake up from. I learned a lot — stick to what you know and don't go out on the road to 21 cities with no act."