The show, in which Sheen plays an anger management counsellor, debuted on FX in June (12) and became an immediate hit, setting a ratings record as the most-watched scripted comedy series premiere in cable history.
The cast and crew have now been rewarded with 90 new shows in the next two years.
FX executive vice president Chuck Saftler says, "Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first 10 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."
Production on the second season of the show - Sheen's first since he was fired from Two and a Half Men - is scheduled to begin next month (24Sep12) and the star couldn't be more delighted.
In a tweet to fans, he writes, "Boom! Anger goes the distance-90 more! Thanks to the fans, (creator) Bruce (Helford), the writers, producers & crew! TeamSheen!!"
You can stop wondering whether anyone's watching Charlie Sheen's FX sitcom Anger Management — we've got a whole lot more Sheen coming down the pipeline. Hollywood.com has confirmed that FX has picked up a whopping 90 episodes of the Bruce Helford-created series, which premiered on June 28 to massive numbers, making it the most-watched scripted cable comedy ever.
The exorbitant number of episodes is no surprise: the show was initially ordered with talk of a back-90, provided that Management hit a specified ratings threshold — which it seemed to easily surpass with its first 10 episodes. But why 90? Why not, say, another 40 or 50? An even 100 is considered the magic number for a show to hit syndication, which explains why Sheen's post-Two and a Half Men comedy is getting the fast-track to the Debmar-Mercury treatment.
FX suits hope that all 90 episodes will be completed over the next two years. Production on Season 2 of the series — which finds Sheen as wizened therapist Charlie Goodson, who dishes out anger management advice despite often needing to heed it himself — begins on September 24, with Martin Sheen notably joining the cast as Charlie's father. Can you say "winning?"
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PASADENA, Calif., July 25, 2000 - Members of the Television Critics Association have now been holed up in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for two weeks eating catered food, drying hands on warm restroom towels, and never fearing to ask the tough questions. On Monday, it was The WB's turn to show off their new fall schedule additions, so the tough questions mostly dealt with the "Felicity" haircut controversy.
For the record, no one who appears on camera at the WB will ever cut his or her hair again.
The day started off fast when the entire cast of the new sketch comedy show "Hype" came out in character and ripped the place up. Cast member Frank Caliendo then returned later in the day to wake us up with what could have been 15 minutes worth of stand-up material, condensed into a blistering five-minute set. Co-producer and SNL veteran Terry Sweeny billed the show as "Laugh-in 2000." If the talent is any indication, "Hype" might just live up to its name.
"Drew Carey" producer Bruce Helford offers a welcome repackaging of Nikki Cox in "Nikki," a (somewhat) innovative comedy that features big dance numbers in each episode (it's funnier than it sounds). Helford later assured us that big song and dance routines will be back in vogue this fall.
Former "Beverly Hills 90210" producer Darren Starr is offering a clever comedy-within-a-drama in "Gross Pointe," a show about the actors of an Aaron Spelling-like night-time soap. Starr was grilled about the controversial decision to change a certain character that was similar to a certain person who may or may not have gotten a role because her father produced the show. Starr's best answer was his first, "who are you talking about?"
At the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" Q-and-A with Melissa Joan Hart and her mother-producer Paula Hart, we learned in no uncertain terms that "Caroline Rhea (absent with a broken toe) is under contract and cannot be spared" if she were to be offered Kathie Lee Gifford's chair next to Regis in the morning. So, put that one to bed.
Of all the new WB shows, watch for "Gilmore Girls," a warm, earthy, dramatic comedy sure to win a strong following. It's interesting how the world is populated by lots of single mothers, yet they are still a rarity on TV. Gilmore Girls" might change that.
Finally, considering last year's after-party got out of hand (word was the WB's young stars got a little too rowdy), this year the network decided to rein things in and go a little classier at the Il Fornaio restaurant in Old Town Pasadena. All the stars politely mingled with the journalists (having learned these parties are just supposed to look like fun, not actually be fun) to lob out a few more crucial sound bites about Keri Russell's hair, then left early (perhaps to party somewhere else).