Viacom's Comedy Central Secures Exclusive Rights to Charlie Sheen's Anger Management
Comedy channel Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) has acquired the exclusive African TV rights to the hit sitcom ANGER MANAGEMENT, starring Hollywood comedy superstar Charlie Sheen, from Lionsgate International, the international television arm of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, the two companies announced today.
Africa's only 24-hour comedy channel will bring the first five seasons of the show to African audiences for the first time. Premiering on Comedy Central on Monday 24 September at 22:35 CAT, Comedy Central will subsequently air two ANGER MANAGEMENT episodes back to back every Monday night at 19:15 CAT and 19:40 CAT.
ANGER MANAGEMENT marks Charlie Sheen's first return to prime time television since his departure from the CBS hit series TWO AND A HALF MEN a little over a year ago. The show is loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 feature ANGER MANAGEMENT, which starred Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson and Marisa Tomei and grossed $178 million in global box office – an unusual feat for a U.S. comedy.
Since launching in the U.S. on cable channel FX on 28 June 2012, ANGER MANAGEMENT has broken ratings records -- the series premiere attracted 5.74 million viewers in its series debut, making it the most-watched sitcom premiere in U.S. cable history. The show went on to become the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, and FX ordered an additional 90 episodes last month.
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