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Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Your Charlie Sheen update: ‘Anger Management’ being shopped to networks


Charlie Sheen (Kristian Dowling - KRISTIAN DOWLING/PICTUREGROUP)
Charlie Sheen and his new producers have been out shopping their new sitcom, “Anger Management.” Now, the trade Web site Deadline.com has a long piece on how it’s been going. Nothing much new — but it’s Charlie Sheen, so even no news is must-know news, right?

On the other hand, you’re busy people — your time is valuable. So we’ve boiled down the report for you:

Everyone except CBS (duh) and TBS — the corporate sibling of “Two and a Half Men” production company Warner Bros. TV — appears to have taken meetings with the production company Debmar-Mercury/Lionsgate TV.

Broadcast networks are considered a long shot. That’s because the Debmar-Mercury model — the one TBS agreed to in launching Debmar-Mercury’s Tyler Perry franchises — falls into the Broadcast TV Life Is Too Short category.

The Debmar-Mercury model (a.k.a. the 10-90 Model) goes like this: You, the network, agree to buy and telecast 10 episodes. Should those 10 hit an agreed-upon ratings threshold, you’re on the hook for 90 episodes more. Period.

So broadcast networks are a long shot — unless one could buy the show with the option of palming it off on a cable cousin should things not work out — such as network/cable cousins NBC and USA or Fox and FX, Deadline and others have speculated.

By  |  06:44 PM ET, 10/18/2011

 
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