Getting the sack from Two and a Half Men turned out to be a positive experience for Charlie Sheen - his new show Anger Management is now officially a hit. We were led to believe that his self-destructive lifestyle of drugs and beautiful women would eventually end his career, but he's come back bigger and better than ever.
The FX Network, a unit of News Corp and owner of The Wall Street Journal, have ordered an extra 90 episodes of the new comedy from producer Lions Gate Entertainment Group. Because the show exceeded ratings expectations, it triggered an automatic order for more episodes.
Although Sheen isn't getting as much per episode as he did in Two and a Half Men, rumour has it that he has forty per cent equity in the show, which will give him a healthy share of any syndication revenue. It has already been sold to Canada, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and Australia for around $600,000 an episode.
Sheen plays a former baseball player with anger management issues who becomes a therapist. Sheen's real life father Martin will appear in 20 of the 90 episodes but executives stress it won't become the "Charlie and Martin Show."
Anger Management is a clear winner with the 18-49 age demographic and ranks as the most watched sitcom premiere in cable history.
Anger Management airs in Australia on Channel 9.