For Charlie Sheen, all of those weeks of good behavior have paid off.
FX has announced that it has picked up Sheen's "Anger Management" to series; which will debut next summer with a ten episode first season. Produced by Lionsgate, "Anger Management" is based on the 2003 film of the same name, in which Jack Nicholson starred as Dr. Buddy Rydell; an unconventional therapist who terrorizes his latest patient, Dave Buznik (Dave Buznik). In the series, Sheen will play a version of Nicholson's character, but it isn't clear if the original character name will be kept.
Although Sheen's payday will probably be nowhere near the reportedly $2 million he was making per episode of "Two and a Half Men," Sheen will retain a "significant ownership stake" of "Anger Management." Under the terms of the deal, "Anger Management" will get an additional 90 episode pickup if the initial ten episodes reach a ratings benchmark agreed to by the network and Lionsgate; which could potentially prove even more lucrative to Sheen if "Anger Management" hits syndication in 2014 as planed.
"The Drew Carey Show" co-creator Bruce Helford is on board as the showrunner, although Sheen is said to have a greater deal of creative control on this series than on "Two and a Half Men." The recent roast of Sheen on Comedy Central (pictured above) drew 6.4 million viewers, proving that Sheen is still an audience draw. FX is also a natural home of Sheen because it already airs "Two and a Half Men" repeats.
“We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie’s acting talents — and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play,” said John Landgraf, FX's President. “'Two and a Half Men' [reruns have] been an outstanding component of FX’s schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that 'Anger Management' will soon be as well.”
Production of "Anger Management" is expected to begin in early 2012 before debuting in the following summer.
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