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Charlie Sheen’s “Anger” builds more slowly in Canada

- June 27th, 2012

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Apparently it just takes Canadians a little longer to get angry.

You may know this already, but we offer the following as a final public-service clarification with regard to the broadcast schedule for Charlie Sheen’s new series Anger Management (the picture above is from the show, not from Charlie’s real life).

Anger Management makes its debut on the cable channel FX in the United States on Thursday, June 28. In Canada, however, Anger Management won’t be airing regularly until the fall, on CTV.

The Canadian network plans to promote the hell out of Anger Management during its coverage of the London Summer Olympics, and will “stunt launch” the first episode of the Sheen series after the Games, meaning some time in August. The specific date has not been announced yet.

If Anger Management is on FX in the States, why isn’t it on FX Canada, you ask?

Well, FX Canada – which is owned by Rogers – has the right of first refusal to acquire anything FX actually produces itself. Because FX did not make Anger Management, but merely purchased it from a studio, it was open to the highest bidder in Canada. Bell Media (which owns CTV) emerged as the winner, or loser, depending upon how much you like or dislike Charlie Sheen.

We’ve seen the first episode of Anger Management. It actually seems like it will be a better fit on CTV than on FX. The tone is very Two and a Half Men-ish, and FX is known for edgier stuff.

Regardless, curious Canadians will have to wait a bit longer as the anger builds.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

 

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