TCA: FX's Landgraf: ‘Anger Management' No Publicity Stunt


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John Landgraf, FX president and general manager John Landgraf defended the network's decision to pick up the Charlie Sheen-starrer, Anger Management, at the TCA press tour here Sunday, saying the move was not a "cynical publicity stunt."
"It was just a regular pitch, and I walked into the pitch as skeptical as you would believe," Landgraf said. "What I heard was a very good pitch for a comedy series."
Sheen will play a character with a checkered past and a complicated relationship with his 13-year-old daughter, and Landgraf expressed confidence that Sheen is now a very different person than was depicted in the press during his Two and a Half Men implosion last winter.
Landgraf said he has seen 15 storylines of a few sentences each but has not seen a script for Anger Management yet, which is why FX did not feature the series on a TCA panel.
The deal for Anger Management follows the model used for Tyler Perry sitcoms on TBS, with FX ordering an initial 10 episodes from Debmar-Mercury and will pick up an additional 90 episodes in success. Landgraf said that syndication model was a motive to get the series, giving the network a stab at getting another back-end property.
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