Charlie Sheen promises 'awesome' success for new show
By Tim Molloy
NEW YORK, March 29 (TheWrap.com) - Charlie Sheen promised "awesome" success for his upcoming FX show "Anger Management," during a video message to advertisers at the network's upfronts presentation on Thursday.
The former "Two and a Half Men" star also joked that its success would be followed by a "whole lot of credit taking."
FX will debut Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" in June along with Russell Brand's late night show "Strangely Uplifting."
During the presentation, network president John Landgraf told advertisers that FX plans to order two to three more scripted dramas in the next year. They will join a lineup that includes "Justified," "American Horror Story" and "Sons of Anarchy," as well as the upcoming "The Americans."
FX posted its most successful year in history in 2011 and said every returning series was up from the previous year. Landgraf said the network may also add another comedy, but said he did not know what the new comedy or dramas would be yet.
The network said it topped last year's advertising expectations and gained viewers even as its competitors, including TBS, TNT and USA - the top-rated cable network - slipped.
Landgraf conceded that FX is down in the first quarter of this year - like many cable networks - but said the slide was expected because of lower inventory of new movies.
He said it hadn't hurt the network with advertisers and that revenue was up 10 percent for the fiscal year ending in June. Continued...