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People Really Want Charlie Sheen to Succeed. In Other News, What the F--- Is Wrong with People?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 18, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 18, 2012 |

Charlie Sheen, who probably should’ve been given up for dead about a decade ago, has somehow managed to climb back from his disastrous 2011, a year which saw him booted off of “Two and a Half Men” and booed off stage during a concert tour which sought to exploit his drug-addled psychosis. In June, he’s set to star in FX’s “Anger Management,” a remake of the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson movie, and wouldn’t you know? Test audiences like the show. Even more disconcerting is the fact that the majority of test audiences want Charlie Sheen to succeed.

The majority of men and women who attended a screening of the half-hour comedy in California’s San Fernando Valley last week rated the multi-camera pilot favorably, while over 80 percent gave Sheen an enthusiastic thumbs-up for his performance as an unorthodox therapist, according to one well-placed source. The pilot that also features the comeback of Brett Butler as a bartender played even better among women in the 18-34 and 18-49 demographic.

Overall, testing groups indicated that while they were well aware of Sheen’s fall from grace at CBS, they were still excited about his comeback and actually rooting for him to succeed, the source said. Some respondents even went so far as to say they were happy to see the actor in good health.

The new promo for the show even highlights this very fact, as Charlie Sheen jokes, “Come on, everyone deserves a 24th chance.”

You know what? They don’t. One, two, maybe three chances, even. Sure. Twenty-four? Fuck you. It’s not just the drug and alcohol abuse: Everyone gets a free pass for that. It’s that Charlie Sheen beats women. Hell, he once shot Kelly Preston in the arm. He apparently locked a prostitute in a closet. He’s been convicted of assault. Social services took his children away from him. How do we reward that behavior? Here’s $10 million and a new TV Show. Good luck, we’re really pulling for you, Charlie!

And you know what? That show is going to rake in the ratings. Because that’s the kind of fucked-up culture we live in. We LOVE an underdog, even if it’s a woman-beating, drug-using, deadbeat motherfucking asshole who already has $200 million in the bank. He’s like the next coming of Rudy only he’s a horrible goddamn human being.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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