6:22pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Anger Management' Seeking New Male Foil for Charlie Sheen
FX's Anger Management is expanding its ranks.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the comedy series is now searching for a new male series regular described as a foil for Charlie Sheen's character.
Details are scarce, but the role would mark the second addition to the Lionsgate TV series after co-star Selma Blair's exit.
The news comes a week after a formal casting notice went out to replace Blair's character with a "gorgeous, sexy" Latina or Caucasian actress in her 30s or 40s to play an as yet unnamed by-the-book psychiatrist who joins the sex study research Charlie (Sheen) and Kate were working on before she left.
The new female role, which will likely start with a multiple-episode guest role, is further described as "if Charlie and Kate were like Sam and Diane on Cheers, then you are Rebecca. Tough, career driven, neurotic and you wear your heart on your sleeve. And you hate yourself for eventually becoming attracted to Charlie."
Sources tell THR that Sheen dismissed Blair from the series with a strongly worded text message in which he called the actress a "c---." The feud between Sheen and Blair started when she questioned his work ethic on the series. The show films two episodes per week and often finds Sheen with more than 40 pages of dialogue per script.
Filming on the series is roughly a third of the way through its 90-episode second-season order. Sources tell THR that Blair's exit will not impact the production of the series, which will continue as planned. Anger Management still has 60 episodes left to produce.