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.