Sitcom Starring Charlie Sheen to Debut on Nine FOX-Owned Stations in September 2014
Aug. 8, 2014
NEW YORK – FOX Television Stations (FTS) and Debmar Mercury have completed a deal, which will bring “Anger Management” to FOX Television Stations for an off-net syndication launch in September 2014, announced Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming, FTS, and Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents, Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.
In making the announcement, Cicha stated, "Typical wisdom says off-cable shows aren't right for general syndication, but that's way too narrow minded for today's reality. When a program produces these ratings, regardless of the platform, you have to take it seriously. We did, and we expect 'Anger Management' to be a key piece of our sitcom dominance for years to come."
The following FOX-owned duopolies will debut the hit sitcom produced by Lionsgate Television: WNYW FOX 5/WWOR My9 (New York), KTTV FOX 11/KCOP My13 (Los Angeles), WFLD FOX 32/WPWR My50 (Chicago), KDFW FOX 4/KDFI My27 (Dallas), WTTG FOX 5/WDCA My20 (Washington D.C.), KRIV FOX 26/KTXH My20 (Houston), KSAZ FOX 10/KUTP My45 (Phoenix), KMSP FOX 9/WFTC My29 (Minneapolis) and WOFL FOX 35/WRBW My65 (Orlando).
“Anger Management” will join FOX Television Stations’ roster of off-network comedies, including syndication’s #1 and #2 sitcoms of the past five years, “The Big Bang Theory” and 20th Television’s “Modern Family.” FOX will offer double runs of “Anger Management” Monday-Sunday.
The series premiere episode of “Anger Management,” marking Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Charlie Sheen’s return to series television in June 2012, was the most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in cable history. It completed its 10-episode summer run as the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, averaging 4.53 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 18-49.
Marcus and Bernstein commented, “We are thrilled to have FOX as our core station group for ‘Anger Management’ as we begin rolling it out nationally. FOX is acquiring today’s most valuable sitcoms, and a broad-based, male-driven sitcom like ‘Anger Management’ will play perfectly with both ‘Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Modern Family’ on FOX stations in major markets. ‘Anger Management’ achieved record-breaking ratings on FX and we believe it will perform extremely well in off-network syndication.”
As part of Debmar-Mercury’s original deal with FX, when “Anger Management” met a designated average ratings threshold over the airing of eight of the first 10 episodes of the series, it triggered an automatic additional 90-episode order from the network (a model the company pioneered with the Tyler Perry sitcoms “House of Payne” and “Meet The Browns”). The program will retain simultaneous exclusive cable rights to its reruns, beginning in fall 2014.
In “Anger Management,” Sheen stars as “Charlie Goodson,” a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for a group of state prison inmates. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend (Selma Blair), an ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor choice in men.
Lionsgate Television began production on the 90-episode order Sept. 24, with Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Martin Sheen joining the cast of “Anger Management” in a recurring role, playing “Martin Goodson,” Charlie’s father. Bruce Helford serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Mark Burg, Joe Roth, Vince Totino and Dave Caplan are executive producers. Anger Management is produced by Lionsgate Television and distributed by Debmar-Mercury.
About Fox Television Stations
The Fox Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.21% of U.S. television homes. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes for daytime television The Wendy Williams Show, distributes The Jeremy Kyle Show and has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Family Feud; distributes Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns, Lionsgate Television/Revolution Studios/Evolution Management’s Anger Management (which stars Charlie Sheen and enters off-network syndication in September 2014) and Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and has U.S. TV distribution rights to South Park, Hell’s Kitchen and a movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next-generation studio.
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