'Anger,' 'Strangely,' 'Louie,' 'Wilfred' all ready to go
FX has set June 28 for launches of its new series “Anger Management” and “Strangely Uplifting” as well as the return of comedies “Louie” and “Wilfred.”“Anger Management” is a half-hour laffer starring Charlie Sheen, based on the feature starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler. Veteran TV writer Bruce Helford is showrunner. Cabler bought the show from producers Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate under the same business model used for the Tyler Perry comedies that air on TBS. FX has ordered 10 episodes, and if they reach a sufficiently high ratings threshold, 90 more episodes will automatically be greenlit for production. For its June 28 debut, “Anger Management” will air back to back at 9 and 9:30 p.m. In the following weeks, a repeat will air at 9 o’clock and then a new episode will immediately follow. Helford will exec produce with Joe Roth, Mark Burg and Dave Caplan. At 10 and 10:30 p.m. each Thursday, FX will air season two of “Wilfred” and season three of “Louie,” respectively. “Wilfred,” a story of a twentysomething slacker who imagines he has a friendship with a neighbor’s dog, was adapted from the Australian TV series and stars Elijah Wood and Jason Gann. The first season ranks as FX’s most-watched freshman comedy, averaging 2.2 million viewers per episode and 3.8 million over cumulative airings. Show was adapted by David Zuckerman and is produced by FX Prods. “Louie,” also produced by FX Prods., stars and comedian Louis C.K., who also writes and directs. In season two, the skein drew 1.4 million viewers and 2.6 million over a multi-run of episodes. FX has ordered 13 episodes for the new seasons of both “Wilfred” and “Louie.” New to the latenight fray, the half-hour “Strangely Uplifting” will see comedian Russell Brand interacting with a live audience on topical events. The series was supposed to begin in spring but had to be moved to summer to accommodate Brand’s film schedule. It will air weekly for six episodes.