Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' sold into syndication, which was the point all along
The show, which airs on FX and secured a 90-episode pickup following its 10-episode first season, will start airing on FOX owned-and-operated stations in several big markets -- including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago -- in fall 2014. FX retains the cable syndication rights to the series.
Lionsgate TV produces "Anger Management," and its Debmar-Mercury division handled the syndication sale. Debmar-Mercury pioneered the business model of producing 10 episodes of a show and securing commitments for 90 more if ratings goals are met. The 90 episodes are then produced in a much shorter time than with a traditional network show -- in "Anger Management's" case, about two years -- with the goal of getting syndication fees quicker. (The Tyler Perry sitcoms "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" followed a similar model.)
"Anger Management" easily met its ratings targets for FX over the summer, averaging 4.5 million viewers and 2.5 million adults 18-49. New episodes are scheduled to begin airing in January.
The syndication deal for "Anger Management" means a whole lot of Sheen on your local TV stations in coming years. Stations owned by Tribune ( Zap2it's parent company) recently renewed their deal for "Two and a Half Men" reruns through the 2020-21 season.