'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.

  • Alan

    THIS IS CRAZY! I wonder what they will do when they are out of audience and still making episodes

  • xhp24

    And we only get a 13 episode order for Justified once a year. No justice in this world.

  • Kevin Somerhalder

    Is FX on a suicide mission or something?

  • th13182

    Could this be a new wave of ordering? Like if you will it to be a syndicated hit, it will be?

  • HT

    Let’s hope he doesn’t overdose prior to his 90th episode – because we all see the train wreck coming. This is the same as giving a crack addict (such as the star of this “show”) a thousand doses – his ego will skyrocket once again and his addiction will soar. And then there will be endless E specials on “how did it happen? Did we miss the signs?”
    What a mess.

  • HT

    @ Toons – I think too many people who are in the “tv industry” are probably in the wrong industry. This is not a justifiable move – this dude is a wreck and for such a moral-based country to keep letting crap like this slide is just hypocritical.

  • Tyson

    Having to do 90 episodes in two years is likely to leave Charlie Sheen too tired to cause trouble. That’s a good thing since he doesn’t seem to do well when he has idle time.

    FX could look at the Tyler Perry/TBS shows to see how the 10-90 concept worked. Perry is a money-making machine. FX clearly thinks Sheen can do similar things.

  • Keyser

    Charlie Sheen is still winning…

    The new show is not bad and it CERTAINLY improved greatly over the ten episodes as it settled in. I would change out his group of patients that he counsels though and keep fresh patients coming in to add to the show. The same group would burn it out quick. The addition of his father was great and the 9th episode with him worked well.

    As for Two and a Half Men, this past season was a mixed bag and even Chuck Lorre said they didn’t know how to handle it and admitted it was a mess. The character of Jake was mostly stoned in his bedroom for the season and Jon Cryer took over to make it more his show. Cryer had some great physical commedy and timing this past season. Glad that he stepped up to it. It should probably be called just Two Men since Jake was an afterthought this past season.

  • Carl


    The number of episodes produced often has an effect on quality. AM is already fairly unfunny and now that they need to come up with 90 episodes in 2 years the writing quality is only going to get worse.

    By contrast a show like Justified is a high quality production. I’d rather get 13 really good shows per year instead of 45 crappy ones.

    In other words AM is quantity over quality while your show is quality over quantity.

  • Metal Man

    90 episodes???
    Are you kidding,the show lost steam after the first episode!
    Big Mistake.
    Can you say…LOSING

  • CrimTV

    It’s because FX made a deal with distributor Debmar-Mercury (a syndication company) that if the first 10 episodes were successful, they were to order a further 90 episodes, which they were and so FX did!

  • xhp24


    Well said and very true. Nevertheless, it would be great! However, 45 hour long episodes, that take at least a week to produce, would be next to impossible to do in a year.

  • Dean_W

    90-Episode order means nine seasons of 10 Episodes or five seasons of 20 Episodes ?

  • wraith808

    @HT ‘…and for such a moral-based country…’

    What country are *you* living in? And what TV networks are *you* watching? This hasn’t been the case for a *long* time.

    I just don’t get why people are so outraged- they will reap the benefits or the detriments of the deal… and if he can get it (and not just for him, but all of the little people that people were screaming about when 2.5men had to stop production), then great, I say.

  • John Ryder

    i quit downloading, i mean watching it after the 4th episode !!!

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