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SANTA MONICA (KTLA) -- Charlie Sheen is returning to series TV in a sitcom that plays on the image he cultivated this year amid his publicly vented fury over being fired from "Two and a Half Men."

The actor and self-declared professional "winner" will star in "Anger Management," he announced Monday.

"I chose 'Anger Management' because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept," Sheen said in a statement.

The sitcom has not yet been sold to a network.

As part of the deal, Sheen will not only star but also "retain a significant ownership stake in the series," according to a news release announcing the project.

Based on a 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson film, the sitcom will be produced by Lionsgate Television and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, which is owned by Lionsgate.

In the movie, a "mild-mannered, non-confrontational man is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself," the news release noted.

Sheen said the deal "provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth."

While Sheen's antics, drug problems -- although he has said he no longer does drugs -- and run-ins with the law have garnered a lot of attention in recent years, executives overseeing "Anger Management" praised his acting chops.

"It's not every day you can roll out a sitcom featuring the star of the biggest TV comedy of the past decade," said

Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.

Sheen was replaced on CBS's "Two and a Half Men" by Ashton Kutcher.

Sheen was fired from "Two and A Half Men," the most-watched TV comedy in the United States, on March 7 after a stream of public insults toward its producer, Chuck Lorre.

Actor Charlie Sheen has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and "Two and a Half Men" show creator Chuck Lorre.

According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica, Sheen is demanding he get paid for the eight scrapped show episodes from this season.

He is also asking for $100 million in punitive damages on behalf of the show's cast and crew.

The suit alleges that the cancellation is based on "Warner Bros. capitulating to Lorre's egotistical desire to punish Mr. Sheen ..."

It further claims there was a conspiracy between Lorre and Warner Bros. to blame Sheen for the show's demise.

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