'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.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    So what does this mean regarding individual seasons, and as to when they’ll air? If they do 15 episodes a season, that means it’ll be showing new episodes until 2018.

  • Jon23812

    @Jeff, I think season two will have 90 episodes, or they will split them, and season two and three will have 45 episodes.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What happens if the ratings totally bottom out after 50 episodes or so? Are they still contractually obligated to produce all 90?”

    There may be various outs in the deal, but my guess FX is now obligated to pay for all 90.

    “Dunno why people seem to be surprised. It was always announced that they’d renew it for 90 episodes if a certain threshold is reached. This is the Tyler Perry/TBS-model.”

    People are surprised, because most people (thank goodness for our national sanity) don’t bother to pay attention to the minutiae surrounding TV show production deals.

    As for “Why would FX agree to something like this?”, my assumption based on reporting around the time of the deal was that it was a “take it or leave it” situation for the networks, if FX hadn’t agreed to it, Sheen & the production company figured somebody else would.

  • toons

    the saddest thing is the people who come here on a reg basis who still don’t know the tv business and look at things with their emotions and not just as show business

    if you watched all 10 with a clear head and not anger… which is ironic… then you’d see clearly the show improved a lot over the 10 eps… the cast chemistry, the writing…

    why so much anger towards sheen is sort of funny… can anyone really explain it? all he did was yell at his old boss.

    i guess it comes down to him sort of bragging about how nice his life is and many here are obviously not in that situation and jealousy kicks in and i get that

    i’ve seen all of 2 and 1/2 men incl the ones with ashton and all of anger management and i have to say anger really wins out right now when it comes to just pleasant comedy. and i’m sure it’ll keep getting better.

    i have no ides how they are gonna pump that many eps in 2 years.

    as usual… for those who hate it for whatever reason just get on with your lives and dont watch… i don’t see what the big deal is… you shouldn’t let something you have no interest in bother you. that’s sort of crazy. which again kind of relates to the whole idea of anger management

  • toons

    a good promo for the show when it returns would be to post these and other crazy online anger rants against sheen and the show… ironic and funny

  • Allen

    Mother of god.

    So much wrong with this.

  • KennyA

    I hope for the network that ratings do not drop!

    Off topic: According to new promo American Horror Story premieres October 17th!

  • cas

    At least it is not as awful as any of Tyler Perry’s shows and his crap is all over TBS. And can someone tell me what the difference is between a single camera and multicamera show? I don’t get it.

  • PHIL

    It show that FX is daring, and at the same time it is a calculated move.

  • Kavyn

    90 episodes is just insane. There’s a reason networks do ~15-24 episode orders, FX…

  • Herb Finn

    If it continues to do well, I wonder how many episodes they’d have to commit to if they want more beyond the 90?

  • Ben

    I just hope Charlie Sheen does not mess up again, as he did on Two and Half Men, which led to his being fired from the show. Yes, that program has been in the dumpster since he left, but, he does have a knack for getting into very serious problems.

  • Jared

    I dont watch Anger Management so I can’t say anything about the quality of the series..and I do understand that FX will make the bulk of there money on the series through syndication and not from first run episodes. My only point is that the series lost half of the viewers from episodes 1 through 10..that doesn’t say a lot about the potential growth of the series through 90 episodes. To me..the series..based purely on ratings isn’t quite the hit I expected from Charlie Sheen.

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  • Ram510

    Since production starts so soon, I wonder I they’ll pair this show with Archer in January?

  • Kyle7

    @cas: Wikipedia has a nice breakdown of the two formats and their respective strengths and weaknesses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-camera_setup http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-camera_setup).

  • Jayme

    Can someone tell me how this 90 shows deal works how many years will it be spread over etc/

  • Smart

    They renewed for 90 episodes so that if Sheen gets another breakdown, the series is not affected

  • Freddy Arrow

    I hope people continue to enjoy the show, but I thought it was pretty terrible. I watch just about all sitcoms that air and had to delete this show off my DVR after 6 or 7 episodes.

  • toons

    so people hate charlie sheen for hating his old boss… and now hate him to a point where they root for him to fail… there’s so much irony in there, my head’s gonna explode lol

    freddy: it definitely got better after episode 6…

    jayne… they are shooting it over 2 years but f/x has the option of showing it in any way they want… they might broadcast it over 2 years or 4 years… depends on their scheduling

    jared… the preem numbers of course would be much higher… as a summer series against the olympics and the excitement gone it’s not a shock it leveled off at 2 million same day viewers… when it preems in the winter it will be promo’d to death and sort of restart itself

    allen… why is there so much wrong with this? all the guy did was yell at his boss and get fired. he didn’t kill anyone. try to figure out why you have so much anger towards him. you probably have a lot of silly reasons

    smart: they did the 90 episode pickup because that’s how this production company does deals… they did it with the tbs shows as well

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