TCA: FX's Landgraf Says ‘Anger Management' No Publicity Stunt
Network GM supported stab at getting another back-end property
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/15/2012 12:26:38 PM
"It was just a regular pitch, and I walked into the pitch as skeptical as you would believe," Landgraf said. "What I heard was a very good pitch for a comedy series."
Sheen will play a character with a checkered past and a complicated relationship with his 13-year-old daughter, and Landgraf expressed confidence that Sheen is now a very different person than was depicted in the press during his Two and a Half Men implosion last winter.
Landgraf said he has seen 15 storylines of a few sentences each but has not seen a script for Anger Management yet, which is why FX did not panel the series at TCA.
"I really don't know what the show is yet," he said, noting that they are going into the process as optimistic as possible without having seen a pilot.
The deal for Anger Management follows the model used for many Tyler Perry sitcoms on TBS, with FX ordering an initial 10 episodes from Debmar-Mercury and will pick up an additional 90 episodes in success. Landgraf said that syndication model was a motive to get the series, giving the network a stab at getting another back-end property.
Asked to answer to the decision to put a star on his network with a history of substance abuse and violence against women, Landgraf called Sheen one of the best sitcom leads you can get and supports his desire to get his house in order, so to speak.
"My opinion is that could be a really good thing. I believe in redemption," Landgraf said, nothing that it was important that the project had a consciousness of Sheen's rocky past. "I'm all for giving them the opportunity to turn things around."
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