Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair and Shawnee Smith have found themselves booked for 90 more episodes of Anger Management after FX today officially placed the huge order based off of the success of the first 10 episodes. Martin Sheen will wiggle his way into a portion of the new episodes as well.
Production on Anger Management will resume on September 24 in order to meet the second season’s January 2013 start date per THR. The writing team has been hard at work since July to get scripts ready in case Lionsgate pulled the trigger on the then rumored big pickup.
The real feat for Anger Management’s producing and creative team is to script and shoot all 90 new episodes within the next two years. That’s the timeframe Lionsgate has placed on the comedy production, a pace roughly twice as brisk as a typical sitcom full season order.
Martin Sheen is set to return and play Charlie’s father in the show in a limited number of episodes. THR’s sources peg his involvement at roughly 20 of the 90 episodes ordered. On average he would appear in roughly one in every five episodes that airs.
Lionsgate was waiting until the August 23 Anger Management season finale to see if the show hit a predetermined average ratings number across the entire season that would trigger ordering new episodes. Despite taking a ratings hit in the closing episodes while the Olympics gobbled up viewers, Anger Management still managed to pull 4.53 million viewers on average, 2.5 million of which fell into the advertiser friendly 18-49 demo.
The first season of Anger Management that got Charlie Sheen’s career back on track has yet to be announced for a Blu-ray or DVD debut. The logical timing for its appearance on home video would be just ahead of the Season 2 premiere in January 2013.