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Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand join FX summer comedy block June 28

Charlie Sheen and Russell Brand join the FX comedy line-up beginning June 28, but more importantly, "Wilfred" is back.

Here's the network's summer comedy block, all times Central:
8 and 8:30 | "Anger Management" with Charlie Sheen
9 | "Wilfred" with Jason Gann, Elijah Wood and Bear
9:30 | "Louie" with Louis C.K.
10 | "Strangely Uplifting" with Russell Brand

On June 28, "Anger Management" will premiere with back-to-back episodes. After that, new episodes will air at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, following a repeat of the previous week's episode. Here's more about each show from FX:

ANGER MANAGEMENT
FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from producers Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate Television. Sheen stars as "Charlie," a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf co-star. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patients each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. Prior to his career as a therapist, Charlie was a stalled minor league baseball prospect whose road to the majors was sidetracked by his own struggle with anger issues. After a stint in anger management therapy, he made it to the majors and had one terrific season before his anger issues put him on the shelf for good.  In the final game of his career, he tried to snap a bat over his leg, which resulted in a career-ending injury. That injury led him back to school and to his current profession. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend, an ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor choice in men frustrates Charlie, and their 13-year-old daughter who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. Bruce Helford serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Joe Roth, Mark Burg, Dave Caplan are Executive Producers.

WILFRED
Academy Award-winning actor/comedian Robin Williams has signed on for a guest-starring role in the Season 2 opener. "Wilfred" is about a young man, "Ryan" (Elijah Wood), struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with "Wilfred" (Jason Gann), his neighbor's pet dog. Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit. Series regulars also include Fiona Gubelmann as "Jenna," Ryan's beautiful neighbor and Wilfred's owner, and Dorian Brown as "Kristen," Ryan's uptight sister. FX has ordered 13 episodes for Season 2. "Wilfred's" debut season ranks as FX's most-watched freshman comedy in the network's history among Total Viewers (2.22 million), Adults 18-49 (1.56 million), and Adults 18-34 (932,000). On a multi-run total basis, "Wilfred" averaged 3.8 million Total Viewers and 2.66 million in Adults18-49. "Wilfred" is based on the critically acclaimed Australian series of the same title. It was adapted for FX by David Zuckerman, who also serves as Executive Producer alongside Gann, Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park, and Joe Connor and Ken Connor of Renegade.  "Wilfred" is produced by FX Productions.
 
LOUIE
FX has ordered 13 episodes for Season 3. The critically acclaimed FX original comedy series "Louie" is filtered through the observational humor of Emmy Award-winning comedian Louis C.K. From the inventive imagination of Louis C.K., "Louie" puts a spotlight on C.K.'s everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humor. Each episode features a scripted story and a mix of his stand-up comedy, which is original material for the series. The single-camera comedy is shot in New York. TIME magazine called Louie the best show on television in 2011. In its second season, the series was honored with an AFI Award as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Television Shows of 2011; received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series; Television Critics Association Award nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Individual Achievement in Comedy and numerous other accolades. Louie's sophomore season was stronger than ever, posting significant growth over its first season across the board:  +36% in Adults 18-49 (1.07 million vs. 781,000), +41% in Adults 18-34 (669,000 vs. 476,000) and +29% in Total Viewers (1.43 vs. 1.11 million). On a multi-run total basis, Louie's second season averaged 2.61 million Total Viewers and 1.9 million Adults 18-49. Louis C.K. serves as executive producer, writer, director and editor for the series, and M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment are executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.
 
STRANGELY UPLIFTING
FX's new late-night comedy starring acclaimed actor/comedian Russell Brand features his unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture. The network has ordered six half-hour installments of the series that will be shot in front of a live audience. The format will draw heavily on Brand's interaction with that audience. The series is produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films. This marks the first television deal for Branded Films. Executive Producers are Russell Brand, Troy Miller and Nik Linnen. Miller also serves as Director of the series. The series was originally scheduled for the spring, but was pushed to the summer due to a film production starring Brand.

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