Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' renewed for 90 more episodes by FX (Poll)
Charlie Sheen is winning again.
FX announced on Wednesday that 90 more episodes of the actor's new comedy series "Anger Management" have been ordered after ratings for the show, which debuted in June, exceeded expectations. The cable network had announced earlier this year that such a move would likely be made if the show continued to succeed and that the episodes would be produced over the next two years
"Boom! Anger goes the distance-90 more!" Sheen said on his Twitter page. "Thanks to the fans, Bruce, the writers, producers & crew! TeamSheen!!"
"Anger Management" debuted on June 28. The season contained 10 episodes, the last of which aired on August 23. The show returns in January 2013. An FX spokesperson told OTRC.com that the network has not determined yet over how many seasons the new 90 episodes will air, adding: "We're going to be running them consistently throughout the year."
The sitcom is based on the 2003 Adam Sandler film and sees Sheen play an anger management therapist - an ironic role for the actor, who was fired from CBS' "Two and a Half Men" in 2011 amid a personal meltdown.
The two-part June 28 premiere of "Anger Management" was the most-watched primetime cable show that day, with an average of 5.6 million viewers and a rating of 2.2 among adults between ages 18 and 49. FX announced in a statement it was also "the most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in cable history."
"As part of its original deal, if 'Anger Management' met a designated average ratings threshold over the airing of eight of the first 10 episodes of the series, then it would trigger an automatic, additional 90-episode order from the network," the network statement said. "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."
"Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first ten episodes, which were produced in a very tight window," said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President of FX Networks. "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."
Kevin Beggs, President of the Lionsgate Television Group, which produces the show, called Sheen "one of the great comedy superstars of our generation."
Ratings for "Anger Management" have actually fallen since its premiere. Episode 8 of "Anger Management," which aired on August 9, was watched by 2.1 million people and earned a 0.9 rating. The 10th and final episode of the first season was watched by 1.9 million viewers and earned a 0.8 rating.
"Anger Management" also features Selma Blair as Sheen's character's love interest. Martin Sheen, the actor's real father, played his character's dad in one episode of season 1 and is expected to appear in about 20 out of the 90 new episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The show may be Charlie's final acting project. The actor, who turns 47 on September 3, told The New York Times earlier this year, while talking about the show: "And when this ends, I'm done. This is my swan song."
Sheen was famously fired from "Two and a Half Men" last year after months of personal turmoil, including a rehab stint that had delayed production and a slew of erratic, on-air rants against series co-creator, Chuck Lorre, during which the actor coined the infamous catchphrase "Winning." Sheen was the top-paid television actor in 2010, commanding a reported $1.25 million per episode of the CBS comedy series, which broke a Guinness World Record.