MUMBAI: Comedy Central UK has acquired exclusive broadcast
rights to the Charlie Sheen sitcom 'Anger Management' from
Lionsgate's international television division.
Sheen's return to primetime television was picked up by Comedy
Central UK at the LA screenings in May and joins top rating
show Two and a Half Men exclusively on the channel.
Central director of programming Chris Collie said, "'Anger
Management' was the funniest show from this year's screenings
Charlie is back and on incredible form. 'Anger Management'
sits perfectly alongside our line-up of the biggest and most
talked about U.S. shows '30 Rock', 'South Park', 'The
Office', 'Two And A Half Men', 'Friends' and 'The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart'."
International television executive Peter Iacono said, "We
believe that Comedy Central is the perfect home for Anger
Management in the UK.and we're delighted to continue building
the show's momentum through ground breaking sales in territories
around the world. The show is off to a record-breaking start
in the U.S., and we expect it to have similar resonance with
audiences around the world."
Management' and series two of UK commission 'Threesome' are
the first shows from the Comedy Central autumn line-up to
new series marks Charlie Sheen's first return to serialised
television since his departure from the CBS series 'Two and
a Half Men' a little over a year ago. The show is loosely
based on Revolution Studios' 2003 feature film 'Anger Management',
which grossed $178 million in global box office.
the series, Sheen stars as ex-baseball pro turned anger management
therapist Charlie Goodson, who has to cope with some management
issues of his own. His female costars are Shawnee Smith as
his ex-wife and Selma Blair as his therapist. Bruce Helford
heads up the writing team and serves as showrunner.
International has already sold 'Anger Management' in Canada,
Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia, New
Zealand and Poland. Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury syndication
company sold the show to FX Network in the US and will be
selling its second syndication window in the U.S. as well.
Management' debuted on 28 June in the US on FX.