Bruce Helford in Talks to Showrun Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management'
The hunt for a showrunner for Charlie Sheen's comeback comedy Anger Management has narrowed to one.
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Bruce Helford is in negotiations to write, executive produce and showrun the series inspired by the 2003 film by the same name, according to a source familiar with the project. Helford brings with him experience and cache to the project, given his experience at the helm of such sitcoms as Roseanne, George Lopez and The Drew Carey Show.
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Other experienced comedy writer-producers Tom Straw and Chris Case were being considered for the gig, a process that included meetings with Sheen, as well as Jon Feltheimer, cheif executive of Lionsgate, which is producing the show.
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As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, securing a showrunner is a necessary step in getting the comedy off the ground. Once the ink has dried, the series effort will be formally shopped to networks. The plan is to follow a variation on the "90-10" path pioneered by Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein,who originated the model for Tyler Perry's TV projects.
The team, which also includes Sheen's manager Mark Burg and producer Joe Roth, will produce six to 12 episodes with Sheen for a test run on a cable network, station group or even a digital service like Netflix. If those airings meet a certain ratings threshold, as many as 90 more would be ordered and produced.