No matter what life throws at him, Charlie Sheen continues to “win.” After being booted from Two and a Half Men last year (and the resulting violent demise of his character), Sheen emerged from the ashes of that show with the premiere of FX’s Anger Management.
Based on the 2003 Adam Sandler film, the series debuted to record viewership, leading many to speculate about its anticipated pickup for more episodes. Now word has arrived that Anger Management has officially been renewed for a staggering 90 additional episodes.
The series, which averages a total of 4.5 million viewers, landed the deal after hitting an unidentified ratings goal. The new contract specifies that these additional shows must be completed by September 2014, and Martin Sheen will continue to appear as the main character’s father on a recurring basis.
Including the ten episodes that have already aired, Anger Management is destined to hit the magical 100-episode milestone – which typically signals a series has syndication legs – within just two years. This is likely FX’s endgame, as the network already airs copious reruns of its other original series as well as other hit shows, including (not coincidentally) Two and a Half Men.
With strong ratings and a star who’s always in the news, Anger Management need only keep the new episodes coming to turn a profit for its network. Sheen isn’t known for being the most reliable performer when it comes to his television series (and has already stated that Anger Management would be his last show). So FX’s goal to bag as many episodes as possible while they have him under contract is probably a smart business move.
However, it’s also something of a gamble. If, for whatever reason, the show’s audience plunges sooner rather than later, FX could end up with dozens of produced episodes of a show that no one is watching. Still, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that you should never count out the self-proclaimed “warlock.”
Do you watch Anger Management, Screen Rant readers? Will you stick it out through the rest of the series run? Let us know in the comments.