- - Sunday, October 30, 2011

Larry King got back money invested with Madoff

Larry King said he invested $700,000 with Wall Street scammer Bernard Madoff but was lucky enough to get it all back.

According to the Associated Press, the veteran journalist told the syndicated TV news show “Extra” that he and his wife got money back from the Madoff estate and from the government for taxes they paid on stock they never had.

Madoff never made investments but used money from new investors to pay previous ones. He pleaded guilty to fraud and is imprisoned. His wife said in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that they tried to kill themselves after he confessed.

Mr. King told “Extra” on Thursday that he thinks Mrs. Madoff came forward to help her daughter-in-law’s new book about her husband, Mark Madoff. He hanged himself with a dog leash last year on the anniversary of his father’s arrest.

New Charlie Sheen sitcom picked up by FX

Fired “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen will try to return to a winning TV sitcom next summer in FX’s new “Anger Management.”

According to the Associated Press, the cable channel said Thursday it has acquired the series loosely based on the 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson movie of the same name, about a troubled therapist who disrupts his patients’ lives.

FX ordered an initial 10 episodes of “Anger Management” starring Mr. Sheen, with production set to begin early next year. The series was announced in July by Lionsgate subsidiary Debmar-Mercury, which had shopped it to various broadcast and cable networks.

If the comedy catches on with viewers, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes that will air first on the channel and then in broadcast syndication starting in fall 2014. The same model was used by Debmar-Mercury on the Ice Cube comedy series “Are We There Yet?” and on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” all of which air on TBS.

FX Networks head John Landgraf called “Anger Management” a “wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie’s acting talents.”

Mr. Sheen’s new show will air on the same cable home as his old one: “Two and a Half Men” has been in returns on FX for more than a year.

The actor was fired from CBS’ top-rated comedy by studio Warner Bros. Television because of his erratic personal life and public ridicule of the show’s producer. On the new series, he will be answering in part to himself.

He will have a significant ownership stake in the series, FX said. Mr. Sheen noted in July that he will also gain “a certain amount of creative control.”

Writer-producer Bruce Helford, a TV veteran whose credits include “The Drew Carey Show,” will have hands-on responsibility for the series as its showrunner, FX said.

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