Fulfilling an unconventional deal, the cable channel has ordered 90 more episodes of Sheen’s new sitcom “Anger Management” thanks to the first season (which wrapped on August 23rd) meeting an undisclosed average ratings threshhold in eight of its 10 episodes.
According to FX, the Bruce Helford-created “Anger Management” is the highest-rated new comedy series on cable so far in 2012, averaging 4.53 million total viewers. Per FX’s EVP Chuck Saftler:
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. 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” is, in other words, good business, even if it’s not great TV. And with 100 episodes in the bag by September 2014, as also stipulated in the deal, “Anger Management” will soon start making people a lot of money in syndication.
This renewal news also means that Charlie Sheen’s father Martin Sheen will be returning to the show for what will become a recurring role as Martin Goodson, the father of Charlie Sheen’s character Charlie Goodson.