The FX sitcom "Anger Management" is expected to be renewed for another 90 episodes according to Lionsgate executives. The sitcom starring Charlie Sheen is currently in its 10 episodes first season, and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer believes FX will make the show out to an even hundred, at least.
"You can assume a significantly larger amount of episodes to air over a period of time," Feltheimer said according to the Hollywood Reporter. IBTimes reports that the 90 episode deal will go into place if season one is a success, and that Sheen is contracted to stay with the series through all of them.
The show has also been a success internationally. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Lionsgate representatives estimate that "Anger Management" could bring in $900,000 to $1 million per episode from foreign broadcasts.
If the new deal is put in place, Sheen will be acting in 40 episodes of "Anger Management" per year. The next season will should begin production in September if Lionsgate is correct.
The mini-studio could use a success after news broke on Thursday of a first quarter loss, despite the massive box office gross of "The Hunger Games." Businessweek reports that Lionsgate saw a first-quarter loss of $44.2 million.
Apparently the marketing costs for "The Cabin in the Woods" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting," played a large role in the loss, along with the acquisition of Summit. Lionsgate claims that both of these expenses will ultimately raise a profit of their own.
The big hit of the year for Lionsgate was "The Hunger Games" which grossed $406.9 million at the box office. Even though the film was the highest grossing film not released in the summer or on a holiday period according to Box Office Mojo, the studio behind the film couldn't break even.
With the studio in need of a successful series, they are lucky that the former "Two and a Half Men" star is locked in. "At some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else's clothes, saying somebody else's words and working in somebody else's space," Sheen said reported IBTimes in June.
Apparently Sheen is planning on retiring once he finishes up his obligations for Lionsgate. If the show is renewed, he will have to stay in the biz for longer than he might have been planning.