Charlie Sheen's career has been reinvigorated with Anger Management receiving a 90-episode renewal. Yes, you read that right -- 90 episodes.
The former star of Two and a Half Men
has found sitcom success playing an anger-management therapist, Charlie Goodson, counseling his regularly weekly patients while also working pro bono at the state prison. Charlie has his own anger issues that he works out with his therapist due to his ex-wife's drama and their daughter.
When Anger Management
was originally picked up by FX, the deal included an automatic 90-episode renewal if it achieved a benchmark ratings level. FX has not released what the minimum level was for renewal, but the show has been the highest-rated new comedy series on cable this year, averaging 4.53 million total Viewers with 2.5 million adults 18-49.
"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. "Bruce Helford has created a sitcom that works extremely well in our pre-10 pm 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."
When the series returns in January 2013, Charlie Sheen will be joined by his father Martin Sheen, who will be playing the role of Charlie Goodson's father on a recurring basis. Martin Sheen appeared in one episode during the show's first season run.
Through all of Charlie Sheen's personal and professional troubles, he has come out on top with this new sitcom. If these large episode renewals continue, he will surpass his Two and a Half Men
numbers in record time.Carla DayContributing Writer
(Image courtesy of FX)