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FX: Martin Sheen to join 'Anger Management'

MARTIN SHEEN as TERRY COLLINS We've already seen

We've already seen Martin Sheen fill the wise statesman role on The West Wing and in The Departed. Plus Sheen, like Collins, isn’t all that tall. If Sheen needs to brush up on baseball, he can always place a call to his son, Charlie, the star of the Major League franchise who also plays an ex-ballplayer on his new show, Anger Management.
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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."

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