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.
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. Prior to being an anger management therapist, Charlie was a minor league baseball prospect whose road to the majors was sidetracked by his own struggle with anger issues, making him the perfect person to understand what his patients are going through. The show also stars Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson, Barry Corbin, Michael Boatman and Brett Butler.
In this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the refreshingly honest and passionate creator/showrunner/executive producer Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, The George Lopez Show) talked about developing this idea into a series, the process of shooting 10 episodes and then waiting on a pick-up for the back 90 episodes (giving them 100 episodes by 2014), collaborating with show star Charlie Sheen, what he would say to people wondering whether or not to tune in, how crucial the casting choices were, how the actors stick to the script with no improvisation, and how nerve-wracking it is to debut a show that has so much buzz. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Those who don’t remember the 2003 comedy Anger Management starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson can probably count themselves lucky for erasing the over-the-top comedy from their mind, but now audiences will have to deal with a new kind of Anger Management in the form of a new sitcom on FX starring Charlie Sheen. The new comedy series is loosely based on the aforementioned 2003 comedy film of the same name, and currently has a 10-episode order for its first season which will begin airing sometime in 2012. The Drew Carey Show and George Lopez writer/producer Bruce Helford will executive produce and act as showrunner. Since the series is loosely based on the Adam Sandler film, I’m guessing it will follow Sheen’s character as he works through some serious issues but with a dark comedic tone, hopefully along the lines of Louie. More after the jump.