Anger Management triggers FX back order

US cable network FX has ordered 90 new episodes of Lionsgate’s Charlie Sheen-fronted sitcom Anger Management after its first 10 passed the ratings threshold.

The move is good news for international broadcasters including Comedy Central in the UK, Canada’s CTV and Viasat across Scandinavia, which all acquired the series from international distributor Lionsgate before the show triggered its long running back order. The series has also already been picked up in Latin America, Germany, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand and Poland.

The series, which is a remake of the Jack Nicholson movie, is produced by Lionsgate Television, Revolution Studios, Evolution Entertainment, Mohawk Productions and Estevez Sheen Productions. It is exec produced by Bruce Helford.

“We set a very high ratings bar that included some additional hurdles for Anger Management to earn its back-90 order and the series met and exceed those metrics,” said Chuck Saftler, executive VP, FX Networks. “Bruce Helford has created a sitcom that works extremely well in our pre-10pm programming lineup. Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first ten episodes, which were produced in a very tight window. I have no doubt that the producers and cast will be able to pull off the Herculean task of producing 90 episodes over the next two years.”

“Charlie Sheen is one of the great comedy superstars of our generation, Bruce Helford is an exceptional showrunner and FX has been a visionary partner who recognized the show’s tremendous potential from the outset,” said Kevin Beggs, President of the Lionsgate Television Group. “We’re thrilled that our team has created another powerful and enduring Lionsgate brand that will resonate with audiences around the world for many years to come.”

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