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There's Funny, And There's...Charlie Sheen

In terms of comedy, it's hard to argue against FX's track record right now: "Louie," "The League," "Wilfred," "It's Always Sunny," and so forth.

Not only are they some of the funniest shows on TV, they are also some of the most imaginative.

Yet FX has thrown a lot of money Charlie Sheen's way for its new "Anger Management," (FX, 9 p.m.), based very loosely on the Adam Sandler movie, which finds Sheen doing a similar schtick to what he did on "Two and a Half Men" in a traditional, multi-camera style show.

It doesn't seem all that original, especially when compared to something like "Louie," which kicks off a new season at 10 p.m.

I haven't seen Sheen's new show, but it seems to me that when all of the ads for it are based on the actor's well-publicized issues and not the show itself, it's not a good sign.

And while it may not be fair to compare one show to another, the fact is, FX has set its own bar very high these days, so comparisons are inevitable.

Also premiering tonight is Russell Brand's new comedy show on the network at 11 p.m., following a new "Wilfred."

Meanwhile, if you want witty comedy on something other than FX, check out BBC America's hilarious new sitcom, "Twenty Twelve," which airs three episodes tonight beginning at 9 p.m.

Done very much in the style of "The Office," it's done mockumentary style as a crew follows the inept team trying to put together the 2012 Olympics. Featuring wry voice-over from David Tennant as the narrator of the documentary and Hugh Bonneville as the put-upon manager of the project, it breathes new life into the format of that style of series.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: If you aren't into comedies, there's not a whole lot else out there that's new, save for Canadian imports "Saving Hope" (NBC, 9 p.m.) and "Rookie Blue" (ABC, 10 p.m.)

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