'Anger Management' Gets 90-Episode Order From FX

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August 29th, 2012

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Sitcom Starring Charlie Sheen from Creator/EP Bruce Helford

Exceeds Ratings Threshold to Earn 90-Epsiode Order from FX


Production Begins September 24th


Series Returns in January


LOS ANGELES, August 29, 2012 –  Anger Management, the sitcom starring Charlie Sheen and created by Executive Producer Bruce Helford, has received a 90-episode order from FX, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President of FX Networks.


As part of its original deal, if Anger Management 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.


“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 Saftler.  “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.”


Anger Management marked Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Charlie Sheen return to series television. It was recently announced that Emmy® and Golden Globe award winning actor Martin Sheen will join the cast of Anger Management in a recurring role, playing “Martin Goodson,” Charlie’s father.


“Charlie Sheen is one of the great comedy superstars of our generation, Bruce Helford is an exceptional showrunner and FX has been a visionary partner who recognized the show’s tremendous potential from the outset,” said Kevin Beggs, President of the Lionsgate Television Group.  “We’re thrilled that our team has created another powerful and enduring Lionsgate brand that will resonate with audiences around the world for many years to come.”


Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein added, “Anger Management has proven its value as a top performer for FX from its record-breaking premiere, finishing its initial run as one of highest-rated comedy series on cable television. Now we have 100 episodes of a top-tier sitcom with an A-list star the caliber of Charlie Sheen to sell into off-network syndication starting in September 2014. We thank the great team at FX for believing in this proven model, and Charlie, Bruce, a wonderful cast and writers for delivering a comedy that has been such a major success.”


The series premiere episode of Anger Management (6/28/12) was the most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in cable history.


In Anger Management, Sheen stars as “Charlie Goodson,” a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management.  He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison.


Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues.  His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend (Selma Blair), an ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor choice in men frustrates Charlie (Shawnee Smith), and their 15-year-old daughter (Daniela Bobadilla).


Blair, Smith, Bobadilla, Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, Derek Richardson and Barry Corbin are series regulars.  Michael Boatman guest stars.


Bruce Helford serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Mark Burg, Joe Roth, Dave Caplan and Vince Totino are Executive Producers.  Anger Management is produced by Lionsgate Television and distributed by Debmar-Mercury.


About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series, an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios and an impressive roster of acquired hit series. For more information about FX, visit our web site at www.FXnetworks.com.


About Lionsgate Television

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF)  is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms.  The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets.  Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as “Mad Men,” “Weeds,” and “Nurse Jackie” along with recent series such as the comedy “Blue Mountain State” and the critically-acclaimed drama "Boss" as well as the syndication successes “Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne,” its spinoff “Meet The Browns,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Are We There Yet?” and the upcoming "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse."


Its feature film business has generated more than half a billion dollars at the North American box office in the past year, fueled by such hits as THE EXPENDABLES, LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE LAST EXORCISM, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. The Company’s home entertainment business has grown to more than 8% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses.  The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

  • marc

    plus they’ll produce the 90 episodes on a reduced budget

  • Oliver

    The business model for this show is to make money in syndication, which means making 100 episodes as fast as possible (45 episodes/yr).

  • were123

    That’s an insane risk! FX is really counting on Anger Management to hold! I would understand if it got 90 episodes by being renewed in normal standards, but 90 episodes pick up? It’s like renewing it for 9 seasons!

  • Da Truth

    At least FX was smart to make sure this was a multi-cam since it’ll be cheaper to produce and do better than a single-cam would in syndication.

  • Chris

    I think this show is worse than Two and Half Men. It’s just not funny. I guess there are millions of people who disagree with me though.

  • Oliver


    FX will learn a huge lesson in the long run to never do a deal like this again. Yea Anger Management does better then any current series on the network..but I give it 20-30 episodes until the suits over at FX realize this may not have been the smartest deal to make. Good luck.

    It all hinges on how much FX is paying for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s dirt cheap a fraction of the production costs.

  • Chris

    One word: WINNING!!!

  • Da Truth

    @ Chris: I disagree with you a lot, Charlie’s character has expanded more on this show than it was on Men. The episode with him and Martin Sheen was genius.

    @ Oliver: I agree I think its cheap enough like Tyler Perry was for the network to commit to it plus LionsGate I believe is paying for most of the production costs.

  • Tyson

    A scripted show got a multi-year renewal. Such news is usually cause for celebration here.

  • MJDB

    So happy about this, I love this show and think it is hilarious. Now just waiting on a Wilfred renewal.

  • Lucas

    What The Hell, 90 episodes in 2 years? It would be like a e season of 45 episodes each! So much money for Charlie playing himself, and he doesn’t deserve!

  • Mon

    I can understand a 30-episode renewal, 50- maybe when drunk. But 90?! Wow! Good luck and congrats to the cast and crew!

  • peter

    the episodes are going to be produced within 2 years not aired

  • Joseph

    I think this renewal will insure that enough episodes will exist for the show’s reruns to be eventually syndicated.

    I believe the threshold for sitcom reruns to be packed for off-network syndication is four full seasons (which will be between 88 and 104 episodes, depending on the number of episodes per season).
    With 100 episodes, reruns of “Anger Management” can be syndicated with subscribing stations being able to run the show once each weekday, Monday-through-Friday, for 20 weeks without showing the same episode twice.

  • Joe


    FX did not picked up Breaking Bad now they are so sory about it

  • Chris

    I’m not surprised they renewed it, and worse shows have been renewed (not MUCH worse). They really screwed up with the 90 eps thing, though. Gonna bite them in the ass.

  • Grave

    Glad to hear 45 episodes getting produce in one year, I’m already missing the show right now.

    The broadcasters should be doing the same thing to get their shows to syndication a little faster. 4 years is way too long especially for networks like NBC who won’t have a syndication hit until Whitney hits locals in 2015.

  • tv#1

    Great news; at least for those who like the show. It started out a little rough, but then began to find its footing towards the end of the season. I am looking forward for what they have in store for us next. Not sure about January though. I think this is the type of series that benefits from a Summer air time.

  • Oliver

    NBCUniversal own Parks & Recreation, which is due to go into syndication next year (or the year after if NBC delay it). They also part-own Community, which is also due to go into syndication next year.

  • Jon23812

    I think why they are giving 90 episodes this fast is because, if the show rises in popularity, they would have to give the cast and crew a pay increase.

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