Charlie Sheen returns to Canada - Bell Media acquires new comedy Anger Management

Bell Media confirmed tonight what comedic superstar Charlie Sheen told millions of Canadians in an exclusive on-air message earlier this evening on CTV: his new comedy series ANGER MANAGEMENT is coming to Canada.

Bell Media has acquired the exclusive Canadian multi-platform rights to Sheen’s new half-hour program ANGER MANAGEMENT from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury.

Production of the new series begins in early 2012. Bell Media will announce its strategic multi-platform roll-out and scheduling of the series at a later date.

In the taped message, Sheen addressed Canadians directly. “You seem like the nicest people in the world,” he said. “But I know the truth. You’re holding in a lot of anger. Why else would you drink so much beer, put on shoes with sharp blades, and smack each other around with wooden sticks?”

Perhaps the most-anticipated comeback in television history, the former TWO AND A HALF MEN star makes his #winning return to scripted television in a new sitcom loosely based on the hit 2003 feature film of the same name. In the new series, an anger management therapist (Sheen), who may need more counseling than his patients, wreaks havoc on the lives of his patients through his unconventional methods.

“I chose ANGER MANAGEMENT because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” said Sheen.

“Charlie Sheen’s ANGER MANAGEMENT already has the television industry buzzing and it hasn’t even gone into production yet,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “With the pedigree behind this production, we’re confident this program will deliver to both viewers and advertisers alike.”

“Charlie Sheen is a global brand name, and Bell Media is one of the first of many blue chip media companies with whom we will be partnering as we launch this show worldwide,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “Bell Media immediately recognized the show’s longterm potential, and we’re delighted that Charlie will be entertaining audiences for years to come on CTV, Canada’s number one network.”

Canada becomes one of the first territories in the world to license ANGER MANAGEMENT, following the announcement in October that the series will air on FX in the U.S.

The licensing agreement was orchestrated by Lionsgate international television executives Peter Iacono and Lawrence Szabo with Bell Media’s Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming CTV Networks.

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