Charlie Sheen and co are returning to FX. The cabler has handed Sheen’s new series Anger Management a 90 episode back order. Production on the new episodes will begin next month with the series set to make its return on FX in January.
Anger Management stars Charlie Sheen as ex-baseball pro turned anger management therapist Charlie Goodson, who has to cope with some anger management issues of his own. His female co-stars are Shawnee Smith (SAW franchise, Becker) as his ex-wife and Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde) as his therapist. The comedy series is produced by Lionsgate Television, Revolution Studios, Evolution Entertainment, Mohawk Productions, Inc. and Estevez Sheen Productions. Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) heads up the writing team and serves as showrunner. While Joe Roth, Vince Totino, Dave Caplan and Mark Burg are executive producing along with Helford.
The show’s hefty back order of 90 episodes was part of the original deal signed by FX to pick up Anger Management. If the series met a designated average ratings threshold over the airing of eight of the first ten episodes of the series, then it would trigger an automatic, additional 90-episode order from the network. Anger Management is the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, averaging 4.53 million Total Viewers and 2.5 million Adults 18-49. Given the pick-up of additional episodes, as network president John Landgraf indicated was likely at FX’s TCA panel, Martin Sheen has been upped to a series regular for next season.
“We set a very high ratings bar that included some additional hurdles for Anger Management to earn its back-90 order and the series met and exceed those metrics,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President of FX Networks. “Bruce Helford has created a sitcom that works extremely well in our pre-10 p.m. programming lineup. Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first ten episodes, which were produced in a very tight window. I have no doubt that the producers and cast will be able to pull off the Herculean task of producing 90 episodes over the next two years.”
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