Charlie Sheen is back on TV just a little over a year after getting the boot from his longtime sitcom home, Two and a Half Men. And while many (read: anyone not living under a rock) recall the long, strange trip Sheen took from Men to his new FX sitcom Anger Management (premiering Thursday at 9/8c), we decided to retrace the career highs and lows that came long before his tiger blood-infused media rampage, his standup comedy tour, and his recent resurgence:
As Anger Management launches, Charlie Sheen makes peace with Two and a Half Men
Badlands (October 1973): Look, Dad, I can act! Sheen made an un-credited appearance as...
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Dr. Drew Pinsky's programs Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House will not air in 2012, though they may return.
Dr. Drew Pinsky
On a recent episode of Dr. Drew Pinsky's new daytime show Lifechangers, 17-year-old fame oddity Courtney Stodden laid on an examination table in front of a live studio audience while an ultrasound technician poked and prodded her before making this pronouncement: Stodden's breasts are real!
"Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss knows her life sounds a bit strange. But Fleiss' three-year stint in jail, run-ins with exes like Tom Sizemore and struggles with drugs sound almost normal compared to her other addiction: Caring for more than 20 exotic macaw parrots.
Fleiss' relationship with those birds forms the basis of a new Animal Planet special, Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots. The one-hour program, from Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television, airs Sunday at 10 p.m. and doubles as the pilot episode to a potential series.
Fleiss, who lives in Pahrump, Nevada (where she continues to consult for brothels), was pitching another reality show concept with her brother when Piligian suggested turning the camera on her and her birds. It's an expensive hobby, one that she supports by running a laundromat and a doggie day care — as well as starring in reality shows (like this one and Celebrity Rehab).
With her macaws squawking in the background, Fleiss spoke with TV Guide Magazine about her love/hate relationship with the birds; her brutally honest take on Dr. Drew Pinsky; why she didn't care for Mike Tyson's Animal Planet show; and how she manages to stay sober.
As Charlie Sheen continues his anti-Chuck Lorre and Two and a Half Men tirade, TVGuide.com takes a look back at more than 20 years of Sheen's bad behavior.
Charlie Sheen: The history of a promising acting career
January 1990: While in their home, Sheen accidentally shoots fiancée Kelly Preston in the arm. The relationship ends.
September 1990: Sheen completes drug rehab a month after checking himself in.
July 1995: Sheen testifies in the tax evasion trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, admitting he spent almost $53,000 on her prostitutes.
December 1996: Sheen is arrested for...
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew will be back for a third season on VH1 with a new group including Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore and Dennis Rodman.
The show will follow the celebs' 21-day intensive treatment over eight episodes airing in early 2010, according to Variety.
Joining Rodman — who was booted from Celebrity Apprentice in March — and the others for Season 3 is...
Sean Stewart by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/ WireImage.com
Mr. Stewart, the doctor will see you now. Though unconfirmed by VH1, Page Six hears that Sean Stewart, son of singer Rod Stewart, will undergo Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.The second season of the series, in which Dr. Drew Pinsky helps celebs beat substance abuse and other issues, starts production this month.Young Stewart has had his share of run-ins with the dark side. Last year, for example, he was denied entrance to a trendy L.A. club, so he turned around and began hurling whatever he could find at a passing car, in turn injuring a passenger.Page Six says Pinsky will also help Heidi Fleiss beat her substance abuse problems, while former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been offered an opportunity to see the good doctor. J.R. Whalen
HBO will air documentaries on Monday nights throughout the summer starting in June. The series premieres June 9 with Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, about the statutory-rape charges against the Oscar-winning director.Other docus will center on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery is about the area where U.S. soldiers from the current wars are buried, and Baghdad High tells the story of the Iraq War through the eyes of four Iraqi teens. On the lighter side, the competitive world of high-school debate teams will be studied, while another docu will chronicle Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss' unsuccessful efforts to open the first legal brothel for female clients in Nevada. J.R. Whalen
And now for today's classiest Soaps News item: Heidi Fleiss (aka the infamous "Hollywood Madam") has tapped a former soap actor to join the stable of studs at her new all-male brothel in Pahrump, Nev. Per GlitteratiGossip.com, the services of Les Brandt — who played bad boy Rafael Santiero on Another World from 1995 to '96 — are available to female clients for just $250 an hour. "I love to love women," the website quotes Brandt as saying. "I always have. I've loved women for free so far, so why not get paid to do something that I really enjoy and am good at?"
OK, maybe I'm demented, but I wonder if Les would be willing to make love to Crystal Gayle
theme song, upon soap fans' request. "When I'm with you, you take me awaaay
to Another World