Production is to resume on Charlie Sheen’s television series Anger Management after the FX network ordered 90, yes 90, new episodes.
The sitcom managed to gather enough ratings this summer, despite competition from the broadcasts of the 2012 Olympic Games, to ensure its future on our screens. Production is reportedly set to start this autumn, with the show potentially returning to TV screens as soon as January.
FX Networks executive VP Chuck Saftler has said the show “met and exceeded” the very high ratings bar that was set for it when it premiered earlier this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show has delivered 4.53 million total viewers during its run. It also holds the title as the most watched cable sitcom premiere in history.
The comedy series, which runs in 30-minute episodes, is based on the film of the same name. The movie, released in cinemas in 2003, starred Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler. In the television version, Sheen’s character is similar to Nicholson’s, and heads up the series as Dr Charlie Goodson, a man who struggles to control his rage.
The show marked Sheen’s first acting role since he was fired from Two and A Half Men. Though Sheen has had very public problems over the past couple of years, the success of the show seems to prove that his fans have not deserted him.
Charlie Sheen’s father Martin Sheen, who spoke about his son’s ‘most profound problems’ and likened his illness and addictions to cancer on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in 2011, is also set to return to the show. The 72-year old actor played his son’s onscreen father in an episode of the series and is expected to appear in multiple episodes in the upcoming 90-episode order.
The first series of the show, which has been picked up by Comedy Central this side of the Atlantic, and will start airing in the UK on 12 September at 9PM.