'Anger Management' Gets 90-Episode Order From FX

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August 29th, 2012

via press release:




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.

  • louis

    90 episodes in 2 years? NO WAY!…. Someone will spinout (Mr. sheen).

  • jessica

    Charlie will be fired by episode 53.

    And on a side note, Whitney lasting long enough for syndication! I doubt even NBC is that desperate. I enjoy her 2 broke girls but not her own show. She can write a funny show but don’t put her in front of the cameras.

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  • GreenGreenGreenRed

    What? Are they completely insane, or does Fox/FX just like throwing money around? This show’s going to crash and it’s going to be funny.

  • Greg

    90 episodes in two years is insane. I think they could pull it off with three years, but two seems impossible.

    I wonder how FX plans to air it. I think a wise call would be to air 10 episodes every fall, spring and summer, right before a new episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer and Wilfred. And if season 9 of Sunny turns out to be its last, then they could just replace it.

  • Azzman

    Esp since it takes 9 mths for regular shows to shoot 22 eps, how are they gonna do 90 in two years? They’re right–it WILL be Herculean…and Sampsonian…and Incredible Hulkian!

  • Hoose

    I’ve never seen the show, so can’t comment on the quality. But you produce a crap load of episodes in short period of time (hopefully before Sheen has some sort of meltdown), lock in all your stars at a fixed rate and then stretch out broadcasting the episodes. If it holds even half decent ratings and production cost is kept down, I can’t see it not paying off at least to some degree. This will be interesting to see how it pans out.

    btw – Not a Sheen hater, hope it does well.

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  • James

    Most people don’t seem to realize that the 90 episode pickup is part of the deal when FX bought the show. They either pickup the show up for 90 more episodes or cancel it, that was their only options.

  • Kaylie

    Im laughing.

  • RyanCanada

    i enjoyed this show

  • toons

    jessica… charlie was on spin city till it ended… charlie did 8 and 1/2 years of men… he made numerous movies… and not fired… he basically had one meltdown… and has been solid and not controversial for the last year… odds are nothing bad is gonna happen… other than a silly little sitcom… and he’s gonna make oodles of money (as if he doesn’t have enough)

  • toons

    what actually amazes me and people seem to overlook… charlie through his “meltdown” managed to get out of a creatively dying show he hated to do… but did it for over 8 years… got paid out… changed his image… and now has a new show that was picked up for basically a 5 year amount of eps… it’s pretty amazing he did all that in 1 1/2 years. like him or hate him… intentionally planned or not… it was quite an achievement

  • Carl

    Maybe I can’t read the ratings correctly but when I look at last thursday cable ratings—Anger Management isn’t even in the top ten cable shows. Its behind Snooki and Jwow, reruns of Family guy, American Dad, Big Bang, and other shows such as Project Runway, Sullivan and Sons etc. How does it garner over 4 million viewers? Could someone explain those great ratings it gets if it isn’t even in the top ten of the night? Thanks

  • Carl

    In addition…Anger Management isn’t in the top 25 cable shows for the last 2 weeks as shown by tvbythenumbers. The number 25 shows are only slightly over 3 million viewers which is considerably less than the average of 4.53 million Anger Management viewers claimed by this article. Am I missing something?

    Links to the ratings



  • jessica

    “he basically had one meltdown”

    toons, i would rather see Emilio or Martin in ANYTHING. Notice how Charlie didn’t appear in Martin’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. Charlie’s appearance on 20/20 to show how he was #winning preempted Detroit 1-8-7 and forced its finale to a Sunday where people weren’t used to it. That resulted in even lower ratings and made cancellation certain for even the more dedicated fans who had been hoping.

    toons, ever seen Call Me Fitz? In the US it is a DirecTV exclusive but it is on DVD, BD, and iTunes. A year ago Jason Priestley described the show as “booze, blow and broads or Sunday night at Charlie Sheen’s house. That’s the other joke.” http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0811/priestley.html Charlie is soooo not the “Goodson”. The cocaine OD in 1998. Shooting Kelly Preston. Seeing escorts while married to Donna Peele. Threats of violence and who knows what all else while married to Denise Richards. The hotel trashing in New York. Getting fired from 2.5 Men. Having social services take custody of his sons while married to Brooke Mueller because she got a restraining order against him. If he wasn’t famous he would probably be in jail or dead from an OD right now. Not anything close to a good son is he and more like one meltdown every couple of years on average. If his character were the patient, like Matthew Perry’s in Go On, i might be curious enough to watch Anger Management but with him playing the therapist it is just far too beyond believable considering his non-fiction life.

    toons, do you recall his last tv job in which his character wasn’t named Charlie? Hint: it wasn’t this century.

    Yeah, it was quite an achievement but he is due for another incident pretty soon. It is just who he has always been. Maybe before they get to filming the 53rd episode. I liked Charlie in Young Guns but that was 24 years ago.

  • Hugh


    The average includes all the repeats. The average for the last 8 originals must have been about 0.9

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “In addition…Anger Management isn’t in the top 25 cable shows for the last 2 weeks as shown by tvbythenumbers. The number 25 shows are only slightly over 3 million viewers which is considerably less than the average of 4.53 million Anger Management viewers claimed by this article. Am I missing something?”

    Good question. Two possible reasons (and perhaps *both* are true)


    Most ratings for individual episodes you see on our site (and virtually everywhere else in public) are Live + Same Day ratings which include DVR viewing prior to 3AM after the airdate.

    Virtually all season/series ratings averages (like in this press release) you see on our site (and elsewhere) are Most Current ratings, which are primarily Live + 7 Day DVR ratings with Live + Same Day ratings for episodes less than 3 weeks old.


    The fact that the press release uses the term “Total Viewers” could mean they’re using some sort of aggregate total of all the airings for each episode. I can’t be sure. That’s less likely than #1, but not unheard of for cable PR.

  • Carl

    Bill: Thanks very much for the explanation(s).

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