Though it has yet to officially happen, FX president John Landgraf has hinted that they’ll be picking up Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management for an additional 90-episodes, after the series exceeded its contractual ratings threshold.
Speaking with the press at the Television Critics Association press tour, Landgraf revealed that episodes 3 - 6 of Sheen’s new series have surpassed the ratings threshold needed to receive the substantial pickup. Waiting until after the tenth episode has aired to make the official announcement, Sheen’s return to television can certainly be called a success – for both the actor and FX.
For those unfamiliar with Sheen’s contract, the famed actor took note of Tyler Perry’s lucrative deals with TBS: an initial 10-episode order with a guaranteed 90-episodes, if certain ratings requirements were met. Considering there’s no lack of Perry’s content on TBS, Sheen certainly took notice – though many were unsure if the one-time Two and a Half Men actor would be able to hit that mark.
Known for making some of the best decisions in the industry, FX’s deal with Sheen had many others taking notice. Seeing how Anger Management doesn’t necessarily fit within FX’s primetime programming block, many thought Landgraf had set the ratings mark Sheen needed to reach exceptionally high. Being able to make use of the audience that Sheen can bring to any network, it was essentially a win-win contractual agreement for the network, no matter what the outcome.
Now, with Anger Management hitting those (perhaps not so lofty) ratings goals - likely around 2.2-2.3 million an episode - FX has the ability to instantly turn one of their series into something that’s able to be syndicated, thus providing a substantial financial profit for the network – much of which will allow it to continue to make the wonderful programming it has been for some time now.
With 90-episodes set to begin production over the course of two to three years, Anger Management certainly could use some added support to its already stellar cast. Fortunately, that’s exactly what they’re getting, as Martin Sheen will be joining the cast.
Joining his son in a reoccurring role, Martin Sheen will be playing Charlie’s father on the series – certainly not a stretch for the legendary actor. Set to make his first appearance in the August 16th episode of the series, it is not yet know how many total episodes the elder Sheen will be appearing in.
However, with a 90-episode order currently in the works, hopefully Martin Sheen will be appearing throughout the entirety of the upcoming Anger Management run. Because while Charlie Sheen may have reached all ratings marks, having an onscreen father/son reunion will likely only boost the numbers.
Anger Management airs Thursdays @9:30pm on FX