There should be some serious celebrating going on at Sober Valley Lodge today following the announcement that U.S. cable network FX is going ahead with Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, ordering 90 more episodes of the sitcom.
Anger Management was picked up by FX in an unusual deal in which 10 episodes would be produced and then aired; if ratings for the first 10 episodes hit a predetermined ratings threshold, FX would be contractually obligated to order 90 more episodes, which would give the show the 100 episodes needed to sell the show into syndication.
According to FX, 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.”
Production will resume in late September, with new episodes premiering in January 2013. As part of the deal, Sheen’s father, Martin Sheen, is joining the cast full-time, playing the father of Sheen’s character, anger-management therapist Charlie Goodson.
Not only does this pick-up ensure that we’ll be seeing Sheen on TV for years to come, but, as the show’s executive producer, he’ll be netting a financial windfall that will make his Two and a Half Men millions look like chump change. According to TMZ, Sheen will receive a hefty cut of the syndication profits, estimating his cut could be more than US$100 million.
Here in Canada, Anger Management will air on CTV, premiering September 11.