FX buys Charlie Sheen comedy 'Anger Management'
Charlie Sheen has found his next home. FX announced today that it has acquired Anger Management, a sitcom loosely based on the 2003 movie of the same name from Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios. The home of Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy from the Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, and will be written and executive produced by veteran comedy writer Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show).
The show will premiere next summer.
“We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie’s acting talents—and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks, in a statement. “Two and a Half Men has been an outstanding component of FX’s schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that Anger Management will soon be as well.”
As part of the deal, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a special syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for the Tyler Perry sitcoms and Revolution’s Are We There Yet? The series will air exclusively on FX until the off-network episodes start airing in broadcast syndication in fall 2014. Sheen will have a “significant ownership stake in the series” that was inspired by the film about an anger management therapist who appears to need more counseling than his patients.
“I have been fortunate to work with Charlie Sheen on six hit films,” said Roth in a statement, in reference to movies like Major League, Young Guns and The Three Musketeers. “Now to have Charlie, the number one comedy star on TV, doing Anger Management, feels like a perfect fit. And I could not be happier than being back at Fox with John Landgraf and Chuck Saftler.”
Added Lionsgate Television Group President Kevin Beggs, “The FX brand epitomizes creative excellence and risk-taking combined with entrepreneurial business acumen. Partnering with them on Anger Management is a no-brainer and we are thrilled to bring Charlie Sheen, Bruce Helford and this amazing creative team to the FX family of original series.”
In July, Sheen announced his intentions to follow up his successful (and turbulent) run on Two and A Half Men with Anger Management. “I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” Sheen said in a statement at the time. “It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
In the meantime, Sheen has made a series of TV appearances in which he comes across as a much happier and far more stable man. He appeared on the Emmys in September and went on the Today Show, where he told Matt Lauer he’d be up for a guest spot on Two and a Half Men. He also appeared on The Tonight Show where he talked about leaving Men and how “I would have fired my ass too,” before adding, “well, maybe not like they did.”