Charlie Sheen’s TV adaptation of the film Anger Management has been picked up by original programming powerhouse FX after the show had been pitched to virtually every player in cable TV. The order for ten episodes is expected to premiere in summer 2012.
This news comes as something of a surprising move considering FX‘s recent taste for more “thoughtful” fare, as Charlie Sheen, a TV adaptation of a film, and Anger Management don’t really scream “highbrow.” I’m not inclined to prejudge, but I’m wondering how much the public’s fascination with all things Sheen played into the demand for the show. The show has been a project of Sheen’s since the CBS Unpleasantness of Last Spring, and he’s embedded in the project as both the star and executive producer.
If the ten episodes ordered meet certain ratings criteria, then FX will pick up the show for an additional 90 episodes. Considering many people will check in on the initial episodes just to see what Sheen is up to, there’s a decent chance he’s struck a deal that will keep him in our lives for a while.