Charlie Sheen Will Be On Television Every Week For the Rest Of Your Life. Probably.
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Charlie Sheen Will Be On Television Every Week For the Rest Of Your Life. Probably.

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 9, 2013 | Comments ()


I only managed to watch about two-thirds of the pilot for Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" before coming to the conclusion that 1) it's horrible, 2) it's harmful to the otherwise sterling FX reputation, and 3) Charlie Sheen didn't deserve to be saved, but even he's better than the series. Despite ratings that cratered after the initial curiosity wore off, FX picked up the option on the series, which guaranteed that it would receive 100 episodes in total.

100 episodes.

So, there's 90 episodes left, and when there are 90 episodes of a series with diminishing returns remaining, how can you burn them off? Air them once a week, of course. That's the plan, so says FX president, John Landgraf. Beginning January 17th, "Anger Management" will air 45 episodes a year. For two years. That means, save for holiday and sports preemptions, there will be an episode of "Anger Management" to not look forward to every single week until 2015.


There's an extra dose of bad news, too, as Martin Sheen has been added to the series to bring a multi-generational spin to the sitcom, which means that President Bartlett is trapped to a sinking ship for two years, too.

What kind of strategy is this, anyway? How is it even possible to create 45 episodes of any sitcom in a year and maintain any sense of quality? Are they just trying to work Charlie Sheen back into a drug addiction so he'll breach his contract?

If so, smart move, FX. Smart move.

The good news, at least, is that it looks like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which sadly only gets a fraction "Anger Management's" ratings, will be renewed for another season.

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  • c


    You know absolutely NOTHING about the history of television and are obviously way too much of a lazy hipster shitsnurfle to even think of doing any research.

    Newsflash fucktard, back in the day, meaning in the 50's and 60's situation comedies would routinely have between 30-40 new episodes a year and the quality didn't suffer in the least, in fact it improved.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well you're a pleasant fucker, aren't you?

  • googergieger

    So is this like that turrible Till Death show? Which from my understanding got a sweet contract that meant they could film a bag of crap for thirty minutes every week and they'd still get theirs. Cause I want a contract like that.

  • ScienceGeek

    Sheen apparently wrote it into the contract that if the ratings were above a certain level they had to renew for another 90 episodes. Even though interest is minimal, I guess there were still enough people who were bored/stupid/morbidly curious about his chances of survival to have gotten him that deal.
    Like every successful junkie, he knows how to work the system.

  • Belkwinith

    Charlie Sheen is destined to be tolerated. Just like we tolerate the eventual herpes breakout after drunken crappy sex with drunken crappy strangers.

  • John W

    Just tell me the channel so I can avoid him.

  • Slash

    Eh, so far I've managed to avoid seeing it. If FX can fund the production of good shit like "Justified" and "Archer" with crap like Charlie Sheen's product, fine by me.

  • dizzylucy

    If they aired 4 or 5 a day, they could burn that sucker off by Memorial Day, and then explode the set with fireworks.
    As to the maintaining quality question, please refer to the 3 points in your first paragraph. Clearly they don't care!

  • Preferably with Sheen still on set.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The only items that made any sense in this entire post (including your name. Rowles? Really?) are “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "renewed".

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