It doesn’t look like Charlie Sheen will be leaving the airwaves anytime soon. It was announced today that Sheen’s new series Anger Management has been picked up for a whopping 90 more episodes from FX. Sheen moved to the new series following his meltdown/firing from CBS’s Two and a Half Men, and the show was greenlight for 10 episodes with the possibility of a back-90 pickup should the series meet certain ratings guidelines. It appears that the show did indeed meet FX’s expectations, as the show averaged 4.53 million total viewers and 2.5 million in the coveted 18-49 demographic, for some reason.
Barring any more meltdowns or outrageously dickish behavior by Sheen (which is really not out of the question), this 90-episode order ensures that Anger Management will be up to 100 episodes by 2014, solidifying its place in the lucrative syndication market. Production on the second season begins this September and new episodes will begin airing in January. Hit the jump to read the press release.
In the new FX comedy series Anger Management, actor Charlie Sheen plays Charlie Goodson, a non-traditional therapist who has his own successful private practice, holding sessions with a group of regulars each week, as well as counseling a group of inmates at a state prison. In his family life, Sam (Daniela Bobadilla), the 15-year-old daughter that Charlie has with his ex-wife, Jennifer (Shawnee Smith), is insecure but intelligent, with a sardonic sense of humor and a case of OCD, that leads Charlie to dive into his therapist techniques to help her.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Daniela Bobadilla talked about her audition process for the show, how she and Charlie Sheen just immediately clicked, how quirky and complex her character is, having Shawnee Smith play her mother, and being on set when Sheen and guest star Denise Richards shot their scenes together. She also talked about her experience playing a pregnant teenager on the NBC drama series Awake (that starred Jason Isaacs), what she thought of the series finale, and the difference between the quick schedule of a sitcom and the deeper character exploration of a one-hour drama. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
It turns out America’s morbid fascination with love for Charlie Sheen has not diminished. After a very public meltdown led to his dismissal from CBS juggernaut Two and a Half Men last year, the troubled star took his act to FX last night. The first two episodes of his new sitcom Anger Management debuted to the best ratings for a scripted comedy in cable history (not including kids’ shows). Episode one, at 9 pm, topped all-time records in both overall viewers (5.47 million) and the key 18-49 demographic (2.65 million). Episode two, at 9:30, bested it by attracting 5.74 mil total and 2.89 mil in the 18-49 demo. As a point of reference, more typical FX comedy Wilfred later premiered to 2.53 mil total and 1.2 mil in 18-49.
Anger Management sees Sheen stepping into the role of ex-ball player, current anger management coach Charlie Goodson, who gets up to hijinks involving his ex-wife (Shawnee Smith), therapist (Selma Blair), teenaged daughter (Daniela Bobadilla) and various clients (Noureen DeWulf, Barry Corbin). Hit the jump for more.
After cycling through hosts of women on his previous show Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen is on to new ventures and a new network with FX’s comedy series, Anger Management. Starring opposite Sheen will be, Selma Blair (Hellboy), in the form of a therapist/love interest for Sheen’s character, Charlie. Blair is one of two female roles on the show (the other being Shawnee Smith (Saw) who will play Charlie’s ex-wife) which has an initial 10-episode order from FX. Hit the jump for more from Anger Management, as well as details on Bobby Cannavale’s character in season three of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.