June 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM ET
Charlie Sheen returned to the small screen Thursday night for the premiere of his much-hyped, post-"Two and a Half Men" sitcom, "Anger Management." But was it worth all the hype?
Viewers are bound to be divided.
In the opening moments of the FX sitcom, Sheen delivered a nod to his "Men" days -- or rather, the end of his "Men" days.
"You can't fire me -- I quit!" his character, Charlie Goodson, raged. "You want to replace me with some other guy, go ahead! It won't be the same! You think I'm losing! I'm not! I'm … Anyway, you get the idea."
No doubt viewers did, even if that Charlie was simply showing off his anger management strategy (taking it all out on an inflatable dummy) instead of actually railing against Sheen's former bosses with his "winning" claims. And whether the gag had viewers laughing or groaning may mark the difference between new fans and instant channel changers.
After all, there were plenty of familiar feeling scenes for "Men" fans throughout "Management." But did the been-there-done-that vibe bother most of those who tuned in, or did it simply remind them of what they missed most about the actor during his primetime hiatus? Did viewers love it, hate it or just find the show boring?
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