Winning: Sheen's 'Anger Management' Gets 90-Episode Pickup From FX


Charlie Sheen's comeback sitcom Anger Management officially received its 90-episode order from FX.

As part of its original deal, if the show hit a certain ratings benchmark in its initial eight episodes, it would automatically trigger the 90-episode order. Anger Management is cable's highest-rated new comedy series of 2012, averaging 4.53 million viewers and 2.5 million persons 18 to 49.

Anger Management will resume production in September and return to the airwaves in January.

FX's order follows similar syndication models  -- keyed by initial tests on TBS -- used for Tyler Perry's sitcoms and Revolution's Are We There Yet?

"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 Chuck Saftler, executive vice president of FX Networks in a statement. "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."

Debmar-Mercury copresidents 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 syndicationm 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."