Charlie Sheen -- dropped by . . . oh, gawd, you already know the whole sordid sad tale -- is back in business again: His show, "Anger Management," was just picked up by FX.
The show, based on the flick of the same name, will be run by industry veteran Bruce Helford. And this: While the order is for 10 episodes, if everyone is happy (which means, if ratings are good and Charlie behaves) they'll pick up 90 more episodes.
Here's the news release:
Former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in "Anger Management," a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios’ 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, president and general manager, FX Networks. FX has ordered 10 episodes of "Anger Management" from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, "The Drew Carey Show") as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin Beggs and chief operating officer Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg’s production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions. In success, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple Tyler Perry sitcoms and Revolution’s and Ice Cube’s "Are We There Yet?" The series will air exclusively on FX until the off-network episodes start airing in broadcast syndication in fall 2014. "We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie's acting talents—and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. “Two and a Half Men" has been an outstanding component of FX's schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that "Anger Management" will soon be as well."