When Charlie Sheen was rambling on about “winning” last year, did anyone think he’d actually make it happen so soon?
FX has picked up 90 additional episodes of Sheen’s new sitcom, Anger Management, TVLine has learned. The order far surpasses the one-season/10-to 15-episode renewal that has become the cable standard.
As previously reported, with the renewal comes the addition of Martin Sheen as a series regular, playing dad to his real-life son.
Even before the series debuted, FX offered Anger quite the incentive: If the 10-episode freshman season hit certain ratings “thresholds,” it would automatically be rewarded with a super-sized follow-up. As it turned out, Anger Management emerged as the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, averaging 4.53 million total weekly viewers, with 2.5 million landing in the coveted 18-49 demo.
In the comedy, which last week aired its freshman finale, Sheen stars as a formal professional baseball player whose own rage issues ended his career and led him to become an anger-management specialist offering non-traditional therapies. Shawnee Smith (Saw) plays his ex-wife, and Selma Blair (Kath & Kim) plays his therapist/possible love interest.
Production on new episodes starts Sept. 24, with an eye on a January 2013 return.