Anger Management is ending with Sheen next month with a series finale to celebrate the show’s 100th episode. The show, about a therapist with his own issues, enjoyed two seasons on the FX network, according to ALLMEDIANY. The cast includes Charlie Sheen, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, and Derek Richardson.
Martin Sheen was also a guest on the show and Selma Blair left midway through the second season. Blair gave no reason for the departure, but insiders suggest that she didn’t get along with Charlie. Others say she had another offer on the table.
What’s interesting about Anger Management was the initial deal. FX ordered its first 10 episodes of Anger Management as part of a special 10-90 deal. This means that if the first 10 episodes hit a certain ratings mark then a second season of Anger Management with 90 episodes was automatically ordered by FX.
The show began after Sheen was dismissed from the Two and a Half Men series. The first season attracted 2.98 million viewers with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The second season has performed nearly as well.
As Anger Management is ending with Sheen, there have been 76 installments aired thus far with 1.1 million average viewers and a 0.5 rating, according to E! Online. That’s not too bad for a show that aired on the FX network. But network executives wanted more viewers and decided that a 0.5 rating wasn’t good enough for sponsors.
Another thing that Anger Management did was give hope to Charlie’s future after getting fired from Two and a Half Men. In 2010, CBS and Warner Bros. Television reached a multi-year broadcast agreement for the Two and a Half Men series, renewing it through at least the 2011-12 season. But, in February 2011, CBS and Warner Bros. decided to end production for the rest of the eighth season after Charlie entered drug rehabilitation and made “disparaging comments” about the show’s creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre. Charlie’s contract was terminated in March 7 and that’s what started the Anger Management discussions. It can be said that Anger Management kept him at check.
Sheen was the most paid actor for a TV series at the time, earning $1.78 million per episode. One source familiar with the salary negotiations said the actor quit the show after filming the final episode of Two and a Half Men season 7, purportedly due to his rejection of CBS’s offer of $1 million per episode as too low. However, he eventually returned for two more seasons.
While Anger Management is ending with Sheen, some fans wonder where the actor will move to, notes Uproxx. Sheen has a history is leaving TV production for either rehab or salary negotiations, but he was actually doing well with his recent show. Unless we know otherwise, he pretty much redeemed himself with the FX network.