Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' Lands First International Deal With Canada's CTV
TORONTO – Charlie Sheen’s comeback comedy Anger Management has been picked up in Canada.
Canadian broadcaster Bell Media has acquired the Sheen-starring sitcom from distributor Debmar-Mercury for its CTV network.
That’s the same Bell Media that simulcasts CBS’ Two and a Half Men and aired the Comedy Central roast of Sheen in Canada.
Sheen announced his return to Canada with the Lionsgate Television sitcom based on the movie Anger Management by telling Canadians on Monday night that they are a nice bunch, but hold in far too much anger.
“Why else would you drink so much beer, put on shoes with sharp blades, and smack each other around with wooden sticks?" a snarky Sheen said during the taped on-air message on the CTV network.
CTV president of programming and sports Phil King said Anger Management had already generated ample industry buzz even before production starts in early 2012.
"With the pedigree behind this production, we're confident this program will deliver to both viewers and advertisers alike,” King added.
Canada is among the first international territories to acquire Anger Management after FX got behind the Lionsgate sitcom in October.
The Canadian distribution deal was hammered out by Lionsgate international TV executives Peter Iacono and Lawrence Szabo and Bell Media's Mike Cosentino, senior vp of programming at CTV Networks.
And Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein acted for Debmar-Mercury.
Bruce Helford will executive produce and showrun Anger Management, which will also be produced by Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino, and Sheen’s manager Mark Burg.
Sheen, who has overhauled his career after drug benders and a public tirade against Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, has an equity stake in Anger Management.